Well here we are! The last week of preparations for the Donegal half and full marathons! Can you believe it! I write this week as I’ll be preparing myself as best I can all week next week, both physically and mentally. Training run wise, I’ll be finishing the Sunday long runs with a 10 to 12k jog and intend to run two 5 ml runs during next week.
More importantly, it’s a week to take care and prepare well for the 24th. Eating well and sensibly such as reducing or staying off the alcohol for the week, eating iron containing meat and vegetables and later in week pasta and white meat. Getting to bed early and having a good night’s sleep. Mentally, I’ll take some time to think about the course, visualise myself finishing it successfully and preparing myself to enjoy the experience of the day. I really mean that... enjoy every minute... we have trained all summer long so it’s a day of celebration.
The celebrations look good for the Aura with the family day so they’ll be plenty of noise and support as you finish your race.
Finally, don’t chance wearing anything new for the race – stick with what works and even if your socks have gone grey in the wash (like mine have) stay with them. It’s not about looking good to everyone else but about feeling good in what you wear so stay with what you have done your long runs in.
Thanks for tuning in each time the blog was updated and thanks to the Donegal Marathon Committee for asking me to contribute of the last few months. Well done to you all for bringing the ultimate race back to the North West.
Best wishes to all and good luck!!