The Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon is now just six weeks away. That means just three more really long runs before the glorious taper begins. By now you’ve (hopefully) run over 29km a few times and probably over 32km once or twice.
Maybe you’re feeling pretty confident after these super long runs, but maybe you’re also wondering how you’re possibly going to run another nine or ten km more. If you are in the latter group, the answer to how you’ll get to 42.2km when you’ve only run 32km or so in training is that you’ll just keep running.
With one or two more runs in the 30km range left, pay attention to how you feel at the end of the run. Could you run another few kilometres if you had to? Chances are the answer is yes. Believe it or not, on race day, you’ll just keep running and you won’t even think about it. It’ll just happen.
What to do with the last few long runs
These last few long runs are a good opportunity to get your race day nutrition and pre-race routine figured out. On the nutrition side of things, make sure you know what works for a pre-race meal and also what works during the run in terms of gels and fluids. The Ottawa Marathon will be providing Nuun on course rather than Gatorade. That leaves you with a couple of choices. You can learn about and try Nuun on a run and see if it works for you or you can plan to carry your own sports drink during the race.
The last thing you’ll want to do is assume that you’ll be able to get the drink and gels you want on course. I always carry my own preferred Clif gels and I also pack about 700ml of Q Energy Drink which I’ve been running with for years. Water is water, so you can count on the race to provide you with that.
Be ready to run
The other thing you should be doing now is settling on some race wear. You’ll want to be working in a new pair of shoes soon if your current pair are nearing that 500km mark. And you’ll want to be sure you’ve got a pair of socks that works for you to prevent blisters and a shirt and shorts you’re comfortable in.
The more you can get locked in prior to Race Weekend, the better. That’ll leave you with just one thing to worry about on race day – running your marathon.