Nearly The Time For Execution
"Strategy without execution leads to wishful thinking, while execution without strategy results in a directionless expenditure of valuable resources."
John Miller, Country Manager, Nestle Singapore
May I also add that execution without strategy will most likely result in burn-outs and injuries. Wanting to improve within the fastest possible time is an example of this fallacy. However in the event that you've managed to negotiate past the various challenges thrown in your way in the form of illness, work and family commitments, and yet managed to complete the key workouts, well done for you! If you've come this far in your marathon training relatively unscathed, you deserve a good pat in the back. Once you've done that, it's time to go grab that nice large-sized cold milkshake. You have been breaking your body down, recovered and become stronger.
At this tapering stage, you should now treat your body with care. Eat right and rest well. But don't neglect your workouts because tapering should be active, not passive. You should be sharpening and priming all your weapons of war with shorter but faster workouts. Go no further than 20K this weekend. Weekdays can be spent for runs between 8 to 13K alternating between moderate to tempo paced. Stay hydrated and constantly topped up in the glycogen department. Stay away from crowded places as there's a minor flu bug going about. Be sure to wash your hands frequently too. Beefing up on your antioxidants at this stage is always a good idea.
Start developing race plans and pace targets. If you've a time goal, think about the splits you want to hit when reaching the various markers. As mentioned in my previous posting, think about whether you intend to carry fluids and gels during the race, what you intend to eat the week before the race. Once again don't try anything new. Think about your race gear - I've decided at this point to wear the same gear as my KLIM '06 PR. The shoes shall be the Pegasus 2005.
On the mental side, know that you've train the best you can. Let's be realistic, even if you haven't what can you possibly do at this point? So fret not but you will need to lower your race expectations. If you've trained relatively well, then it's time to stay positive. Listen to uplifting music, watch inspiring movies, you know what I mean.
You will be excited whether this is your first or 20th marathon. Enjoy the moment. Check out this site to have a look at the bridge and roads you'll be running on come June 24th. And for more mental matters, please check out this previous post of mine.
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