1 week out: Shift to 1 hard workout no longer than 15-20 min of hard effort about 5 days out. This The 2-3 mile hard workout helps your body and mind prepare for the challenges you will likely face during your race. Then you just need a few easy runs of 30-45 minutes the following days with some strides built in to one of those last runs. It is ok to take an extra day off here as well.
Write down an affirmation or two on your arm so you can look down during the run and remind you of why in the world you are running a marathon! If you struggle with anxiety or pre race stress, you may like our write up on conquering self doubt! Take it 1 mile at a time and remember that you can do it!