Boston is one week (+ one day) out! The best way to optimize your taper (and keep the crazies away) is to have a clear plan. Remember that recovery is just as important and equally as productive as all your training. Now is the time to embrace the taper in order to absorb all your hard work, sharpen your mental game, and arrive in Hopkinton primed!
Below you'll find a complete day-by-day plan leading up to Marathon Monday. We encourage you to do the Race Day Meditation at least once a day and by day two you’ll likely find you don’t need the video guide. Meditate on your mantra, and you’ll find your mental strength easier to tap into when things get hard.
Use this plan in final prep for Boston, or whatever starting line you have coming up!
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7 DAYS OUT
Time to do a full body scan and Reset. Take note of what’s feeling out of balance, and remember to focus in on those areas in the coming week.
6 DAYS OUT
For something so small, a side stitch can really manifest into a show stopper. We can't guarantee you won't get a side stitch, but we can help you avoid it. The Side Body Reset was created by request for Lauren Fleshman who was consistently annoyed by painful side stitches. It's super restorative and will help you ease your chronically stiff sides.
5 DAYS OUT
Hay is in the barn, legs are up the wall. You may have just completed your last pace rehearsal before the big day — time to fully embrace the taper.
4 DAYS OUT
The last days before a race can be busy with work, taper crazies, family, packing... all racing around your head. Don't let recovery be another stress. Whether it's a 5-minute Reset or Figure 4 at your desk, sneak in recovery where you can.
3 DAYS OUT
This is likely your travel day, but regardless most marathoners complain about booty lock. Whether you just got off a cramped flight, or have been sitting at work, it’s time to bring fluidity to your stiff hips and booty so you have full range of motion on Monday.
2 DAYS OUT
Nerves are setting in, don’t fret away energy you’ll need on Monday. Be intentional when you feel the spiral of nerves. Breathe, slow down, and relax.
1 DAY OUT
The focus today is on remaining calm and strong. Use the hours to put your legs up the wall and exert as little energy as possible. If you find it calming and you’re used to the routine, do find a video that focuses on areas that feel out of balance. Maybe it’s your side body, or glutes, or hamstrings. Make sure you aren’t working, just bringing fluidity to the muscles. Skip anything that feels like hard work.
BOOKMARK FOR RACE DAY
Race Day Warm Up, especially if you have been using it in your training block.
Remember the race is the celebration of your hard work. Enjoy being with yourself, where you are. You are ready.
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