Congratulations to every one of you! It’s great to see so many happy and proud FB posts. You all worked hard, you accomplished a huge goal, and by being there throughout the season, you helped everyone else achieve theirs. Thank you to each of you for making this an awesome past 6 months. I am already looking forward to starting the 2016-17 season!
- First and foremost, be really proud of yourself for all the hard work you did to get yourself to this day
- Eat lots of good carbs on Friday and Saturday, and drink lots of water.
- Eat a healthy high carb breakfast Sunday morning, and drink more water.
- Pack energy gels to carry with you and eat along the way. Bring water you can carry, or plan to stop often to rehydrate.
- If you are checking your gear for pickup at the finish line, put a recovery drink or protein bar in your bag. If you’re not, have a plan for getting recovery food into you ASAP after the race. Your legs will thank you for the rest of the week.
- Have warm throw-away (hopefully collected afterward for donations) clothes or a blanket so you can stay warm during that hour or more that we’ll be waiting at Dodger Stadium.
- Avoid doing, wearing, eating or drinking anything new on Marathon day. Stick with what you already know feels good and works.
- Try going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier during the week, so that pre-dawn wake-up time on Marathon morning won’t be as difficult.
- If you’re nervous, embrace it. You’re normal. There will be tough patches, so think ahead about how you’ll get through them. Nobody said a half marathon or a marathon was easy. Be confident knowing that you trained well, that you are ready, and that there will be thousands of people along the route cheering you on. YOU CAN DO THIS!
- Think about how your path to Marathon Day is filled with critical life lessons and new skills that you can apply to just about anything in life. Your journey is filled with many small successes that add up to really big ones. Visualize yourself achieving your goal on Marathon Day, and your goals in life.
Today’s soggy weather showed us what we’re made of, and it was all good! Here are six reasons I am proud of everyone who showed up and grateful to be part of this community:
- Our loyal and consistent group of volunteers, along with Robin and Nicole, cheerfully stood out there in the rain making sure we were well hydrated on the inside too.
- Our group of volunteers included injured and sick runners who chose to come out in the rain even though they couldn’t run.
- Despite 2 recent hospitalizations that took away much of his strength, Jeremy pushed himself through all 12 miles.
- We had a first time walker out there who wasn’t deterred by the less than ideal conditions
- Ze’ev and Joey braved the rain to offer us shelter and free recovery drinks
- Every runner and walker I passed had a great attitude, and everyone I saw finish was still smiling!
Thanks to everyone for making this such a positive experience!