Here are a few tips I have found successful:
Get Lots of Sleep: I don’t always get 8 hours of sleep no matter how hard I try. The closer the race gets, the more I toss and turn. Don’t wait for the night before to rely on the sandman to get you through the miles.
Don’t try to squeeze in last minute training sessions: Cramming for a race is like cramming for an exam. It doesn’t work and at this point your body is prepared as it’s going to be. The week before a race, a runner’s job is to keep rested and prevent injury. I’ll still run 2 -2miler runs this week but they will be easy- conversation paced runs.
Stick to what you know: Now is not the time to start anything new. Keep to what you practiced in training down to your pre-run meal and process for fueling on a long run. You trained this long and hard for a reason.
Enjoy yourself: I have a tendency to put undue pressure onto myself to finish in a certain time or achieve my race goals. The most important is to have fun. After all, I’m with Meghann, destination races are a great way to see a new city. ;)
Lots of blog friends are preparing for NYC and Savannah this weekend!!
Question of the Night: What are your tips for a successful taper?