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Week 13 Chicago Marathon Training: “Pro” and “Joe” Review

Posted Sep 27 2010 10:09am

Joe “:  I sometimes think that the taper is the hardest part of the marathon training schedule.  You are so familiar with big miles that taking these step backs doesn’t seem to compute.  Do what you can to suppress these thoughts, you are right on track and are doing the same thing that every other marathoner is doing.  Your work is done, it is now time to take care of your body for race day.

This includes getting more sleep, get to bed 30 min earlier every night.  This includes eating right and hydrating. This includes visualizing a successful race each time you daydream about the marathon.

Trust the taper and you will not only get to race day feeling strong, you will finish the marathon feeling strong.

Keep an eye out next week for 5 tips in 5 days to prepare you for the Chicago Marathon.

Pro “: This week is all about recovery. It is time to take care of your body like never before. The sleep and food choices that you make this week will have an impact on your race day performance. Keep your cells hydrated and ensure that you remain regular both in terms of #1 and #2 in the bathroom.

Getting a massage is a great way to press into the taper process. Even if you can’t get to a professional therapist, find a friend to massage your legs or simply roll on a tennis ball. Flushing your legs will aid in getting rid of any heaviness.

Now is the time to get your body ready for the big day! It will be too late to cram at the last minute like you did in college. The work is done, enjoy the taper and take the small details to heart before its too late.

Week 13 training schedule, click to enlarge:

Good luck with Week 13 of iRunnerBlog’s Chicago Marathon Training Schedule, if you have any questions please put them in the comments section or send us an email from the Contact page.

To view the schedule, click here or follow the tab in the tool bar under Chicago Training.

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