As promised, today begins a five-day series of visualization exercises for every day leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon. They’re based on an old edition of Runner’s World’s “Guide to Running” that suggests using every training run (or stretching session—it IS taper week) leading up to the marathon to visualize a chunk of miles of the actual marathon. I wrote (and used!) these posts leading up to the marathon last year, and hope they help other runners break down the journey into bite-sized pieces.
Today’s exercise: Visualize yourself running the first five miles of the race. You’re feeling strong, letting other runners whiz past you — you’ll pass them later. You’re feeling good, even able to chat with runners around you.
For Marine Corps Marathon runners, this means the first mile through Rosslyn, the second and third miles on a slow uphill climb on Lee Highway/Spout Run, and the fourth and fifth miles in Georgetown. Runners can picture themselves stopping for water at mile 4, running evenly paced miles as the first section of the marathon rolls by.
Study the course map for more information. Tune in later this week for other installments in this feature, and check out other tips and tricks from my experience last year at the links below:
Also, check out The Washington Post’s Marine Corps Marathon 2010 guide. It includes mini-profiles of inspiring runners, featuring a woman who trained for the race while undergoing chemotherapy.
In other news, I wasn’t seen at the doctor yesterday for my weird, possibly broken toe, which I’m hoping will be OK for the Marine Corps 10K this weekend. Apparently, I’m better at running than I am at negotiating with insurance types. I have another appointment on Wednesday, and will be praying to the paperwork gods until then.