Countdown to Race Day (5 days to go)

So this week, I am going to be tracking my food consumption pretty closely because last week I went crazy and since the marathon is SATURDAY - I really want to make sure I am eating healthy and carb loading, but not overeating or changing anything up too much! (I also want to be able to look back in the future to see what I did for this race!)

This morning started with a bowl of Honey Nut Shredded Wheat and skim milk. This cereal is awesome and a great snack to just eat plain.
When I arrived at work, I peeled and ate this orange from South Africa! (that's what the label said anyways)
Around 11am, I snacked on some Stacy's Simply Naked (just sea salt) Pita chips and hummus.
These are great pita chips and they even had a bigger bag at the store to benefit breast cancer awareness. I grabbed it up because those little bags always go so fast and it is a great cause. Now they just need to make a the cinnamon/sugar flavor in a larger bag - wait - maybe not.

I wasnt hungry for lunch until about 1:30, but went and heated up my spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs. The hardest part about the spaghetti squash is cutting it in half. Then it goes into the oven for 40 mins or so and is done. It really is so easy to make and I always look forward to this lunch.
OK - time to get back to work, I brought a lemon bar larabar for my snack - cant wait to try this one!

Here are Three Golden Rules of Marathon Week (copied from Runner's World website, where Coach Jenny Hadfield was answering a question from a person getting ready for the Chicago Marathon). I think these are great tips for any length race you are training for, so I thought I would share:

Go With What You Know. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement and begin to make drastic changes in your diet, training and equipment. The number one rule in marathoning is DON'T TRY ANYTHING NEW on race day. This should be extended for the entire week of the marathon. Every long run has been a dress rehearsal for the big day and by now, you should know what to eat, how much to drink and what you're going to wear. The time to make changes and adjustments is during the season. For example you'll want to avoid drinking tons more water in the hopes of being well hydrated, eating a ton more veggies than normal and trying new equipment. When you get tempted to make a change, remember Golden Rule One and stick to what your body knows. It's what got you here and what will get you through race day.

Have A Mental Plan. Training is 90% physical and 10% mental. Race day is the exact opposite. Your body is trained, rested and ready to go. Your mind is in charge on race day. Keep your mind actively engaged in the race and think your way through the course. Review the marathon course map and break it up into smaller, more digestible pieces. It's easier to stay focused and engaged for shorter periods of time than for several hours. Understand marathoning is like life and you're going to go through peaks and valleys. Bring power words and positive mantra to carry you through the valleys. Words like "strong and steady" are useful in keeping your mind focused and out of the bite me zone (pit of negativity).

Pace Yourself. The number one thing you can control on race day is your pace. It is very easy to get caught up in all the excitement, especially in a large race like the Chicago Marathon with 45,000 runners, music, fans and more! Marathoning is all about energy management. If you blow through a lot of energy early in the race by running too fast, it will make for a fabulous first 10-K and a really tough and not-so-pretty rest of the race. Not to mention your finish line photo will be dreadful:) Conserve your energy by running at either an even effort throughout the race or run a negative split (my favorite) by taking the first half slightly slower than the second. There is nothing more fun and motivating than to have the strength, focus and energy to pass people in the last six miles of the race. But in order to do this, you need to be disciplined early and hold back the reigns.

Anyone have any other tips to add?


*aron* October 6, 2008 at 3:40 PM  

HAVE FUN!!! stay confident, be excited and soak it all up :)

soooo exciting!

Meghann October 6, 2008 at 3:45 PM  

Don't let the whole moment go by too fast. You have the whole race to run, so don't just focus on the finish line, focus on the race in whole and jsut take it one step at a time.

You're going to do great!

VeggieGirl October 6, 2008 at 3:45 PM  

Sooo exciting that the race is coming up!!

Tip = properly fuel yourself!! :0)

D10 October 6, 2008 at 7:35 PM  

I agree with all the tips. I like how he said training is 90% physical 10% mental and on race day it is the reverse. So true.

I can't believe we are down to just days!

Erin of Care to Eat October 6, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

No tips from me, the ultimate non-runner.
But I just wanted to let you know that our oranges are from South Africa too! :)

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