Motivation Monday: The Week Before the Marathon


I'm here! The week before the marathon. I can't even believe it. After 12 weeks, countless hours, over 300 miles and over 30,000 calories burned, I am finally days away from the goal I've been working so hard towards. And honestly?

I feel panicked and under-prepared.

My mind is a jumble of: I should have done more 20-milers, I should have been cross-training, My average pace this month has been abysmal, I don't feel like I'm in the right headspace, Shouldn't I be excited?, What if I get sick before race day?, What if I get injured?, What if I can't do it?, What if I completely fail???? I am told this is completely normal. Still. I'm scared!

Last week was a good week. I had a really strong final long run and I ran four days and got some decent taper mileage in. This week I think I will only do a couple of short runs and then go to bikram a few times. Bikram should calm me down and energize and exhaust me at the same time so that I get some good sleep in the days before the race.

So, if anyone out there has any first marathon tips, please, please let me know! And if you want to track me on race day, I signed up to have splits posted to my @SanBriego Twitter account!

5/20/13 - 5/26/13 Health and Fitness Stats: 
  • ran 4 days for a total of 25 miles 
  • did my last long run (10 miles) at an average pace of 10'51"/mile!