Week Of Celebration

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

With one week remaining before the Boston Marathon your focus will likely be entirely on the task of hand.  All other responsibilities will likely suffer but you should try to maintain balance in your daily life.  This is a very common tug-of-war that practically every runner experiences.

The best approach is to try to make this week as normal as possible.  Sleep is extremely important and will become more critical as the week progresses because of the likelihood of the stress and pressure you feel.  The most important night of sleep is Saturday night, you cannot count on a restful night of sleep on Sunday evening.  Cross training is a great option in maintaining your fitness without risking an injury by running.

Sending hand-written thank you letters to all of your supporters is a great well to fill you time and to fully express your appreciation for their support.  Reading the cards, letters and e-mails of support that you’ve received will help reinforce how fortunate you are to be running Boston and should be instrumental in sustaining your motivation.  Nothing significant in life ever accomplished alone and this is certainly reinforced when running Boston as a charity runner. 

Reflecting on the entire scope of support and encouragement that you’ve received the past six months, coupled with the realization that your fundraising efforts will provide significant educational opportunities to so many, should be all the motivation and inspiration that you need to make it through the final miles of Boston.

Take an extremely deep breath whenever you feel the pressure of the final week and take a moment to reflect on how fortunate you are to be running the 2011 Boston Marathon.  This should be an exciting week, possibly the most exciting week of your life.  I love that the few hours it takes you to make the trek from Hopkinton to Boston will likely be a brief period of time that will be constantly referenced throughout your life. 

During that short window of time you will learn so much about the human spirit.  You will also learn about yourself by being provided a glimpse into your soul like never before and seeing precisely where your weaknesses and strengths are …you will be changed by both.  You will also be inspired to pursue and achieve more than you ever imagined.

Focus your thoughts less on whether you’re going to be able to finish the distance and more on all the positive aspects of this journey and the pressure of the week will be minimized.  This should be a week of celebration!

Comments
  1. Heidi Lindert says:

    So I just checked the weather forecast for next Monday (yes, I know it can change dramatically between now and then) and it’s calling for 50’s with a light rain. I don’t know how to prepare for 26.2 miles of light rain. If I were going out for a normal run in a light rain, I wouldn’t wear any rain gear because I’d know I wouldn’t be out there long enough to get soaked enough to feel cold. I looked at lightweight breathable rain jackets last week, and they ain’t cheap. They start at around $100. Do you think buying one is a worthwhile purchase? I’ll take your advice with a grain of salt knowing what a running gear fashionista (fashionisto?) you are. If it stops raining, I’ll have to tie the thing around my waist which may or may not become an annoyance later in the race. What are your thoughts?

  2. Hello Heidi,

    You’ve asked an extremely good quiestion. The answer actually varies depending on the individual so I’ll share what I plan to do. Temperatures in the 50’s and light rain are absolutely ideal conditions for a marathon. I wouldn’t want to appear greedy but I would also like a slight tailwind 🙂

    I will wear a large garbage bag with a hole punched in the bottom to create a poncho to the starting corral. I may even wear it the first couple of miles depending on the degree of rain. Once my core temperature rises to a comfortable level I will remove it. I plan to wear a compression top under my singlet and that will sustain me throughout the marathon.

    My biggest challenge will be compromising my reputation as a running fashionisto by appearing in public with a garbage bag over my color coordinated running attire 🙂 Seriously, though, the only other recommendation would be to have someone meet you in the later miles with a dry top or jacket that you can wear to the finish. You’ll obviously want to remove it as you appear on Boylston Street to ensure your number is unobscured as you cross the finish line.

    Rick

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