#1: Set a Realistic Time Goal: If this is your first race, don't concern yourself with times....finishing should be your goal. For those who have some experience, base your goal on how your training has gone, both in terms of speed, but also the volume of training you've been able to fit into your lives. If you want our advice on this, please ask.....we're here to help!
#2: NOTHING NEW: The longer your race is, the more important this becomes. This means no new shoes / socks, no new foods the day before / morning of the race, no new running wear......etc. You get the idea!
#3 Prepare, prepare, prepare: Decide ahead of time, what clothing you're going to wear. This is pretty easy at this time of year because the weather is more predictable. Know what your routine will be race morning and execute this! Think through everything you need to do race day (transportation etc.) and make plans. If you do all these things, you'll show up race morning, ready to race and not stressed out.
#4 Don't Worry....Be Happy: Being nervous race day is normal.....world class runners feel the same way before a race. The race IS important to you, but at the end of the day, it's a race - your friends and family will still love you even if you mess up!
If you like this stuff...come to the talk and hear lots more!
Now that we're into September, our Saturday runs will begin at 8:00 a.m. Enjoy the extra sleep.... I know I will :-)
We know that everyone is working hard in their training right now, but special "atta girls and atta boys" go out to our marathon runners this week. September marks the beginning of the home stretch for many of you. Still a few more weeks of hard training left but that taper isn't that far away......hang in there!!
For those Scotia marathoners who plan to run the Bluewater Health Half Marathon, you should treat the HM as your marathon pace run, which is in your schedule for NEXT week. This coming Saturday (before the race) should just be an easy 6-8 run. The week following the HM, you should be running 27 km. If you have any questions on this, please ASK!
And last but not least, your dedicated coaches WILL be at On Edge this Monday (Labour Day) at the regular time, waiting to see your smiling faces prepared to do your workouts!!
That's all for now.....have a great week!