How do you prepare mentally for a big race?

hot!It's gorgeous out today. This morning's run was cool and fun; definitely a nice change from the last couple of weeks. I can't wait for cooler temps. I've talked about it with runner friends.

Some have said that the hot temps now mean it will be cool in October. I don't buy it and I'm mentally preparing as if it's going to be hot again. Last year I had no idea what to expect. I thought I was ready. I remember getting a call from Dave the Monday before the marathon. He said to drink. "Go get a big bottle of Gatorade and down it. Then get another one and down that too. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! I want you peeing Gatorade."

And I did; I was as ready as I could be. It was brutally hot out on race day, I struggled but I finished. I learned conditions like that make you do things you never thought you would...like pick bananas up off the ground and eat them or poop in an alley behind a dumpster with your mentor giggling madly on the other side of said dumpster.

I also found the heat freaked me the hell out after that. I feared it. I've talked about that this summer. Coach Jen and I have talked about the heat and about embracing it and learning to run well in higher temps and humidity.

While doing that, I've found I'm excited for the Rock n Roll 1/2 next weekend, whatever the weather. I'm going to run well and have fun! And for the marathon this year, I'm anticipating that it's going to again be warm and humid. If it's not, awesome. If it is, I'll be as ready as I can be.

I've learned you need to be smart when running in the heat. Last summer while training I was stupid and naive. I'm lucky I didn't do anything too moronic and get hurt. Thankfully I learned from that and I'm learning how my body reacts to higher temps and the humidity.

Part of me wants it to be hot. I want to remember all 26.2 miles and not "go away" or get fuzzy for a while. I want another shot at this marathon in the heat and humidity. While I hope it will be cooler, my gut says it probably won't be. And I'm OK with that.

How do you prepare mentally for races in extreme conditions? Are you running CM11? What's your mind set like?

More later!

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  • I'm training for the Chicago Marathon too - my first-ever running race! I'm a total amateur so I'm praying that the weather is cool and refreshing. I watched the race last October, and I was dripping in sweat. Can't imagine how it felt running in that heat.

  • In reply to Melanie Stone:

    Hey Melanie! That's awesome! Here's to hoping for cooler weather...we'll see! Last year was hot...
    Here's my recap from last year... http://www.chicagonow.com/cubicle-dad/2010/10/61104/
    Good luck to you!

  • OMG, he can learn:) You have come so far, I am proud to be a small part. Wish I could be out there with you dude.

  • In reply to David Wallach:

    Takes me a while sometimes, but I do! Dude, you've been a huge part!

    Soon enough man, soon enough!

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