The weeks/days before a race – how do you prepare yourself? mentally…
I find that the less I think about it and the less pressure I put on myself the better I am throughout the race, the more enjoyable it is, and the better I do. In the 20 miler 2 weeks ago, I felt really good mentally. I think it was because I knew I had the option at stopping at 10 miles, and then every mile past then was an accomplishment. By the time I got to 20, 6 more sounded like it would have been pretty easy. I hope I can keep the same mindset for Boston. I am starting to doubt myself – and psych myself out after seeing the elevation chart. And after running 12 miles of hills last weekend and just 8 today and partially struggling through it. I need to work on positive thoughts and work on a mind game that will get me to the end without negative thoughts!
TAPER WEEK –
I don’t really taper much, but lessen the load next week before the marathon. I’m working up some good eats – ideas – and my run schedule for the last week. I know lots of carbs. I was thinking breads, pasta, potatoes. Which potatoes are good pre-race and which for recovery – one is sweet potatoes and one is regular potatoes … which is which? What are some of your taper foods? Taper traditions?