We’re getting down to the line folks! The TCS NYC Marathon is in 10 days. 10 DAYS! I wait all year for the excitement in my hometown to crescendo around this race and it’s evident everywhere I look. Street banners, bus and subway ads and the bleachers set up already in Central Park!! It’s only a matter of time before the statue of Fred Lebow (founder of the race) gets moved to the finish line so he can continue to watch all of the runners as we cross the finish line.
|Fred overlooking the construction of the finish line last year|
At this point, like most people I have one long-ish run left to do. I’ll set out with my running buddies this weekend and do an out and back across the 59th Street Bridge (three miles) and then follow the last 10 miles of the race course.
This is technically part of my taper and there are a few things I like to keep in mind while doing so:
- Even though I’m not running as much as I have been, I need to keep my caloric intake at roughly the same level. It’s okay to drop it a little, but now is the time to pack some carbs into your diet. Rather than going out for that one HUGE pasta dinner the night before the race, add 20% more carbs to your daily intake.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! I’m pretty good at hydrating, but the week before the race, I’ll practically double it. I get to the point where I think about just setting up shop in the bathroom since that's pretty much where I’ll spend most of my time anyway. The payoff will be on race day when I can hit every other water station and not worry too much about dehydration.
- I sleep every chance I get for as long as I can! Now’s not the time to be out partying at the clubs. I like to bed down early and train my body to wake up at the same time I will on race day (which for me is EARLY since I’m Wave 1 and Staten Island isn’t the most convenient place to get to).
- Lastly, I’m preparing for the Expo to GET PSYCHED! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to being in a giant room with fellow crazies who are just as excited as I am for this event.
So, how does it work? Poland Spring is inviting all of us to stop by its video booth at the Expo and record a personal “Poland Spring Cheers” video - essentially thanking our family and friends who supported our Marathon journey.
And you know, at the very least they deserve a thank you. I mean how many hours have they spent listening to your marathon strategy? How many pasta dinners have you forced them to eat with you? How many nights out were cut short because you had a long run the next morning? And how many weekend afternoons were shot because you were just too tired after that long run?
So stop by the TCS New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo on 10/30, 10/31 or 11/1 to create your own video. If you can’t drop by, you can still create your own video and share it on your social channels using #polandspringcheers
I leave you with a question, who are you going to thank?
Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Poland Spring. All opinions are my own.