No catchy title about the theme for this week’s post, since the things I want to tell you are all unrelated.
1) At some point during the next two runs, please remember to thank our volunteers. This is the most support we’ve had in the 3 years I’ve been on the team, and it’s great. It would be so much harder to go those long distances without the knowledge that cheerful people will be waiting with food, water and moral support every few miles. We wouldn’t be able to do those one way runs to familiarize ourselves with the course without them.
2) Start planning for how you will keep warm on Marathon morning. We will be getting to Dodger Stadium at least an hour before the start of the run. It will be dark, and it is not likely to be warm. Walking around shivering for an hour is not the way you want to start your day. Consider going to a thrift shop to buy some sweats or a blanket, something you won’t mind tossing to the side when you start running and never seeing again.
3) Please pay attention to any aches and pains and take care of them appropriately. At least two people didn’t show up today due to injuries; at least one stopped midway through the run; and yet another had painful leg cramps at the end. Everyone who stopped, or didn’t start at all, due to their pain, did the right thing. Do NOT try to “run through the pain”. We are too close to the Marathon to risk hurting yourself. Don’t let one bad decision ruin your chances of achieving something you have worked so long and hard for. It’s better to have to go slowly on Marathon day to cross that finish line than to be unable to walk more than a short distance. If anything isn’t feeling right, remember that Elevation Fitness is eager and willing to help. They regularly reach out, encouraging me to send any injured runners their way. I encourage you to take advantage of this generous offer. And of course, you are welcome to reach out to me or Craig as well. We are all here to help and want to see you succeed.
Next weekend’s run is “only” 16 miles, since we are now starting to taper. Remember when 8 miles sounded like a lot? Look how far you have come! Congratulations to all of you.