National Marathon is less than a week away but I’m already getting everything ready!!! 

The week before a marathon is a very important time for me. 

Mentally I need to get my head on straight. I need to figure out my race plan and believe in it. I need to tell my mind what is going to happen on race day, so my body doesn’t take over and change my plans. 

I like to have most things crossed off my to do list so there are no incessant bothersome thoughts that happen during the 3+ hours I am running. 

I try to pamper my body to get it ready to be broken down. This includes little things like making sure I don’t have dry skin, that I wear sunscreen on my face, and that my nails are painted.

I try to get as much rest as possible so I enter into the 26.2 on a full tank. This not only includes rest at night but also making sure to stand as little as possible, not walk anymore than necessary and make sure that my legs are in tip top shape. This will be the most challenging as Baby C at 4 months is not sleeping through the night.

I drink more water than I ever drink. I don’t want to enter the race even the slightest bit dehydrated.

I eat very healthy. I’ve recently made lots of changes to my diet, and strive to eat healthy year round, but I will admit that I eat the healthiest leading up to race day. I want to make sure that my body is getting all the vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates it needs.  This means I mostly eat whole foods that are as unprocessed as possible. My lunch for today was delicious tomatoes sliced in wedges, an entire avocado, and rolled up, sliced ham, sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. It was delicious, filling, and included healthy fats and protein.

This also includes taking Calcium, pre-natal vitamins [I’m currently nursing or I would just take a multi vitamin], omega-3 fish oil, and vitamin C[to help fight off colds and generally make me feel better].

I hibernate. What does this mean? Well as you can imagine with three kids there are allot of things that need to be done. I try as much as possible to limit trips to the grocery store, play dates, errands, etc.  I literally try to do nothing all week. 

I test out my race outfit and shoes. This past Saturday on my last 12 miler before National I wore as close to what I planned to wear on race day as possible. I tested out my new racing flats to make sure nothing would rub me wrong. [They were awesome!]  I tested out re-fueling with chews starting at mile 3/4 even though I typically wouldn’t eat anything on a 12 mile run.  I wore my race belt that I use to store all my food, to make sure it didn’t bounce with the capri’s I was wearing.  What I learn from doing this is what is wrong or right with the outfit I’ve picked.  My hands froze on the run and my hat almost blew off.  I’ll be wearing gloves now on race day and will most likely leave the hat at home.

Today on this first day of spring I spent the day cleaning.  Now I can rest.

What do you do the week leading up to a big race??


  1. SeekingBostonMarathon says:

    That's a great list. I follow many of those. One thing I've done with my wife with two of my marathons is go to the movies the day before. Off your feet and gets your mind off the million things running through your head.

  2. Steel Springs says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing your pre-marathon routine. I like hearing about what people do in the days leading up to the race.

  3. That's a great routine. I like the idea of not standing around too much, although I'm sure that's quite challenging with three little ones and a baby! Sometime, I'd love to hear about how you dropped your pace so much. I recall reading recently that you used to have an 11min pace? And now you are so speedy!! Good luck next weekend.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Nice list! I know that final week can be tough but having sounds like it's helping. Good luck!

  5. Jake Rosen says:

    I do quite a bit of those as well. I rest, eat well and make my race plan. The one thing I do that you didn't list is build my race playlist to build a set of songs that peaks when I want it to and lasts the length of time I am hoping to run.

    What corral are you in? I ended up in Pink (4)

  6. My list is very similar to yours. I think #1 is the most important though, especially about believing in your race plan!

  7. my list is usually very similar, but this week's list? cross fingers & pray that I can get through the race. or even to the start.

  8. Nice list, I am doing the same thing. Oh, and checking the weather constantly! ;0

  9. I can't wait to hear how you do at National Marathon.

  10. I like that your plan is an entire week + long! You will be SO ready come Saturday!

  11. Samantha says:

    Love the list and sweet kicks! I'm excited for National. I hope we have good weather.

  12. I'm running the National Marathon too and trying to knock off all of the things on your list! Btw,, I LOVE those Sauconys! I've been running in Kinvaras for the past couple months and they are fantastic. How are yours???

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