Training Tips Tuesday #18: Race Week Prep

Well, it’s finally here. I’m running my next marathon in just five days. But I’m still finishing out this week of taper and getting ready to travel. So how am I prepping this week?

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My big focus this week is going to be on recovery. I have two rest days (Thursday and Friday) but I’m also traveling in the car Friday (to my sister-in-law’s college graduation) and Saturday (to Eau Claire for the marathon). This is going to be a lot of time sitting so I’m going to be working earlier in the week on foam rolling and yoga.

I haven’t been doing my post-run yoga as often as I’d like to so my goal this week is to do it after every run. I’m also going to be adding in some gentle yoga sessions Thursday and Friday, nothing super intense but I’ll probably get in one session focused on hips and IT band.

I also have to work on getting packed. I’ve already started a list of what I need to bring and my goal is to get most of it packed on Thursday. That way, I can double check and make sure I’m not missing anything or add something in if the weather changes.

Last, I’m hoping to get in some more sleep. My sleep has been pretty good lately but Sunday night was just crappy. I woke up a couple of times and my allergies have started to kick into full gear. So I’m hoping to sleep through the night (thanks to Benadryl) and I’ll probably get in a nap Thursday and Friday.

What do you do to prep for a big race? Let me know in the comments!