YOU’LL FEEL ANXIOUS WHILE YOU TAPER
Tapering week, or the week or two before your marathon when you reduce your mileage, is always my favorite part of the whole plan, but it also makes me anxious as well. Going from running 24 miles one Sunday to calling up your friends for brunch the next can make you feel like you’re slacking, that you should be doing more or you’ll lose all the hard work you’ve put in up until this point. After all, race day is so close! But as much as you feel like going out for a long run just to prove to yourself that you can, don’t. Tapering is all about conserving your energy, which you’ll definitely need on race day!
YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP YOUR SHAKE-OUT RUN
I’ve skipped them and I’ve run them, and my verdict is: Do them. The shake-out run, or that short run you do the day before your race, can be a big confidence booster. After not running very much for the last week or two, running a quick three-miler in your race-day shoes just 24 hours before start time will help calm nerves and prove to yourself that you, in fact, do know how to run.