I got asked that question several times on Sunday. A very good question, and here are my answers.
- Take it easy! Run/walk only a few miles a day at an easy pace, a few times this week, and no more than a mile on Saturday, or not at all. Your body worked hard for the last 5 months. It needs time to recover and rebuild so you can be in peak condition and well rested on Sunday.
- Get warm clothes. Whether you are starting at Dodger Stadium or the halfway point, you’ll be out there for at least an hour before the start time. The forecast as I’m writing this is for high 40s at sunrise for you Dodger Stadium folks, and probably low to mid 50s for those starting in Hollywood. I strongly encourage you to head to the BTS Thrift Store to purchase some “throw-away” clothes or a blanket.
- Go to bed earlier. The wake-up time for those starting at Dodger Stadium is 4:00 am. If you can go to bed earlier and wake up earlier a few days before the Marathon, that 4:00 am wake-up time will be easier to deal with.
- Drink extra water on Saturday: A few extra glasses of water on Saturday will ensure that you are well hydrated at the start.
- Get Ready to Party! Yes, you will be running/walking through what will feel like the biggest party you’ve ever been to. There will be music, crowds, energy, excitement, and more. You worked hard. You earned it. Get psyched to enjoy every minute of it. You will be creating memories that will last a lifetime and continue to inspire you.
A few weeks ago, I shared your responses to the prompts on the poster boards set you for you at end of your run. I put those poster boards out there again today during the team breakfast and got even more awesome input. You wrote from the heart. Your words not only inspire each other on this year’s team, they will inspire many others when I share them with the teams that will come after you. My sincere thanks to each of you for being there for each other, and for paying it forward.
The new comments from today’s breakfast are below.
What Being Part of this Team Means to Me:
- Community, love and support! -Jillian C
- It propelled me and kept me going when I would want to stop. I felt accountable. -Dana
- This gave me a chance to get out of my comfort zone, both physically and emotionally. Getting to know more residents and sharing stories with them was especially meaningful and the support and encouragement they gave me moved me beyond words. -Elizabeth
- It means that the team is with me when extra challenges are present. The team helps me to be motivated to be healthier. -Ali Mazhin
- I got to walk with Elizabeth, Dana, Misty and Amy! Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of the team. -Sally
Training for the Marathon Taught Me:
- Self accomplishment -Justina
- To keep going and hold on even when I don’t want to. -Jillian
- Consistency & commitment to something greater than myself. -Anonymous
- How to be a better runner, and extra confidence in my abilities to run faster. Also, it helped me meet fine people that are motivated to run as a team. -Ali Mazhin
- I can do things I’m afraid of doing. -Dana