Black Friday. Small-business Saturday. Great deals, yes, but soooo not for me. I loathe going out and shopping with the masses–there is no deal good enough to make it worth the aggravation in my mind. So Cyber Monday fits me to a T. I plan to knock off just about everything on my list today.
Cyber Monday for me this year also means I’m less than a week away from running a marathon. No matter how many times I do it, running a marathon always brings with it a sense of the surreal to me. I just cannot wrap my brain around the fact that I’ll be running 26.2, gunning for a PR, in a matter of days.
In addition to doing all the usual things in the final week of tapering–getting more sleep, cutting way back on the miles, eating the right things, trying not to get sick!--I often use the extra time to reflect on my training leading up to race day. This means focusing on what went well and what made me feel strong/confident. This time spent getting in the mental game is often the little extra I need to make it a good day. If I can believe, I can do.
For the most part, I’d say this training cycle went well. I’ve had few aches and pains. I didn’t miss any training. I came a bit late to the speedwork game this time through, but I think I’ve made up for that with some nice quality miles over the past six weeks.
So, I’ll take a bit of time today to cross some things off my holiday shopping list, but the next few days will be spent concentrating on rest and positive thinking. I’m looking forward to it.
How do you spend your time prepping for the big day? Anything other than the usual tapering habits?