The Path to Marathon Success - Marathon Week
by Benji Durden

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Marathon Week

Finally, the marathon is within sight. It's the last full week of training, and this one is different from all the preceding weeks. Your final serious hard training run should have ended with the tempo run the week before. From this point on, all runs should be done at an easy pace, including Sunday's 2-hour run and Wednesday's 1-hour run.

I know what you're thinking: Do a 1-hour run just a few days before the marathon? Exactly. But remember--this run is supposed to be extremely easy. It's not a run that has any important training purpose other than to deplete slightly your glycogen stores--the carbohydrates stored in your muscles that serve as the primary fuel for distance running. This is helpful because if you can deplete your supply of glycogen, you can pack in more energy than normal when you begin loading with carbohydrates immediately after the run. The more energy (in the form of carbohydrates) you can store, the easier it will be to run the marathon. After the 1-hour run, rest as much as you can during the remaining days before the marathon--and have fun. You've earned it.

Drink as much as possible, especially when you start eating a high-carbohydrate diet. For every gram of carbohydrate your body stores, you need 2 grams of water. Expect to feel a little bloated as your body stores these extra carbohydrates and fluids.

During this last week, it will be difficult not to think about the marathon. But try to get as much sleep as you can. The night before the race you may have trouble sleeping, but you'll be fine if you have slept well the rest of the week.

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Credits: Text copyright 1996 by Benji Durden

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