Congrats on signing up for the BMO Marathon, Half Marathon, 8km or Relay Race (signing up is the hardest part 😉)!
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Whether this is your first big race–or your 20th–here are a few things to remember as race day approaches:
1. Pick a training program and stick with it.
Whether you’re training on your own or with a group, you need a plan. If you sign up for a running group, they’ll take care of all of the details for you. All you have to do is show up! If you’re training on your own, you’ll need to do a bit of research. There are a ton of programs online that you adapt to fit your schedule. But either way, commit to a training schedule! I’ve run a few half marathons, some with a committed plan, and some I thought, “I’ll just wing it.”
You’ll be much happier at the end of the race if you stick to a training program and schedule. Trust me.
2. Listen to your body.
You’re going to be sore. You’re training for a ridiculously long distance (especially if you’re doing the full marathon!). Of course you’re going to be sore some days. So listen to your body. Take a day off after your long runs. Take the time to stretch after runs. Commit to foam rolling a couple times a week. Tape up those blisters. Your body is doing a lot for you, so take care of it. It’s the least you can do.
3. Don’t doubt yourself.
You’ll have days when you feel like your feet have wings and you’ll fly through your run. Then you’ll have days when you’ll feel like someone has filled your shoes with cement and it takes everything in you to keep going. But know that you can keep going! Don’t listen to the negative thoughts. Don’t psyche yourself out. Just put one foot in front of the other and keep moving. Your body knows what to do. One step at a time, you’ll make it to that finish line.