This week centers around one thing: getting ready for Saturday’s trail marathon.
I want to go into the race as fresh, rested, limber, hydrated and happy as possible. I’ve done more than 10 marathons, so I’ve had a chance to get a pretty good idea of how to prepare my body.
One Week Out
- Slow down on strength training. CrossFit is an awesome, balanced part of my fitness routine but this week is the time to stop growing muscles and give them time to rest.
- Hydrate! I’m making sure I drink plenty of water and coconut water.
- Clean my diet. I’m limiting added sugar, salt, caffeine and alcohol. I’m running 26.2 miles Saturday… I don’t need anything taxing my body extra now!
- Add in more yoga. The more I do yoga, the better I run. With all my free time from skipping CrossFit this week I’m able to squeeze in more yoga classes. I’ll be extra loose and limber come the weekend!
- Make friends with the snooze button. My regular CrossFit workout is 6am so skipping that gives me a few extra hours of sleeping bliss. Plus, I’m more mindful about what time I go to bed and relaxing beforehand.
- Visualize. Starting now I visualize getting ready for the race, standing at the starting line, running through the hard parts, finishing the last few miles and crossing the finish line. One week out I’m already visualizing exactly how I will feel once I finished.
- Cut back the distance. But keep the intensity. Now isn’t the time to squeeze in one last long run before the big race. But when I do run it’s important to keep the intensity strong.
This morning I (sadly) said goodbye to Richard as he headed to CrossFit and I didn’t join him. Instead I made a yummy smoothie and snacked on a big bowl of pistachios.
Is anyone else as single-mindedly obsessed with pistachios as I am?
Now I’m heading out the door to run to yoga. I discovered my favorite yoga studio is only a 3.5 mile run from my house so as much as possible I’ll leave my car at home.
How do you prepare for a race the week before?