30 Sep '14, 8am

Plan ahead for the days and hours leading up to a race.

It's perfectly normal to experience a wide range of emotions the week before a race of any distance, whether it's 3.1 miles or 26.2 . Excitement, anxiety, even dread can sweep over you in those final days. Harboring all that nervous energy simply means you care about having a good day, whether your race goal is just to finish or to run a faster time. The best way to counter those jitters is to have a plan for each day that will prepare your body—and ease your mind. Monday-> Walk or cross-train for 30 to 60 minutes. Run or drive the course, or review a map of it online. Familiarizing yourself with the hills, turns, and final stretch helps you plan your strategy. Tuesday-> Run easy for 30 minutes. Do two to three one-minute accelerations to wake up your legs. Look through your running log to reaffirm your progress. Wednesday-> Spend 30 minutes cross-training to channel nervo...

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