We’ll be on the start line tomorrow! See you at @7scmarathon! Tag your pics with #7SCM2018 so we can see how much fun you’re having! #Repost @7scmarathon
Tomorrow we run and to say we're excited is an understatement.
The Channel 7 Marathon and McDonald's Half Marathon (Australian Half Marathon Championships) both get underway at 6am from Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, Queensland. The forecast is for a cool start, no wind and warm midday temps of about 25 degrees. Perfect.👌🏼#7SCM2018#marathonrunning#instarunners#onemoresleep#raceday#sundayrunday#running#visitsunshinecoast
After time trials and before ladders! Many hours of sitting on a mountain to watch him race for 31 seconds. Which was fast enough to make it a few rounds - but not fast enough to place! #dualslalom#crankworx#raceday
Marathon training can play havoc on our bodies. Some of us have experienced it too. There have been injuries – small or big.
Intense training breaks down muscle fibers, depletes glycogen stores, and induces fatigue. We all need time to heal damages that have happened during training and also need to top up muscles’ glycogen stores.
At the same time, we do not want that all the hard-work goes down the drain.
Hence, the essence of taper!
Let’s first jot down those bullets which we need to avoid at all costs:
1. Feeling Anxious. It’s normal to feel so. Do not get more anxious simply because you are anxious! Some anxiety helps you mentally prepare and program your neuro-muscular system to get ready for the big day. Great! So, what can be done? Use those rest days to get some Yoga or Meditation in.
2. Over-tapering. That’s is you are worried too much about the fact that mileage should not be more. So, some runners start resting too much and decrease their mileage a lot. Not advised! Mileage should fall down gradually and let body adjust to the new schedule where VO2max workouts have vanished.
3. Over-feeding. There is no direct correlation between more carb-loading and better race day performance. As runners, we are as it is saving calories by decreasing mileage and intensity during taper. It needs careful calibration from diet point of view as to what we should be eating so that we are not over-fed and just the right amount of calories are being consumed.
4. Speed Workouts. Some runners induce unnecessary fatigue by doing speed workouts too close to the race with a mindset that the improvement till one day before the race. It is risky! On an average, body takes 10-12 days to fully recover from last intense workout done.
5. Not resting enough. This is a no-brainer! If you have ignored rest so far, now is the time to seriously consider it. We need lot of recovery process to happen and that happens only when we rest or sleep well.