Boston Marathon 2014: A last short race before the big kahuna.

Happy Tax Day. You filed your taxes, right? If not, go here now and do it. I’ll wait until you get back.

Welcome back. Now let’s talk about using a last short race to tune up for a marathon.

Oh, how I love this city. The big skyscraper is the Prudential Center on Boylston Street - just 600 yards or so from the finish line. Can't wait to get there next Monday! (Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
Oh, how I love this city. The big skyscraper in the middle of this photo is the Prudential Center on Boylston Street – just 600 yards or so from the finish line. Can’t wait to get there next Monday. (Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

I ran the Seahawks 12K on Sunday – eight days before the Boston Marathon. Twelve kilometers is just a shade over seven miles, so racing that distance is a pretty good thing to do a week before a big, longer event – as long as you don’t overdo things, go out too hard, stress too much about the results, etc. Just have fun and let your legs stretch themselves out a bit.

This season I haven’t really been impressing myself with my race times. I’m kind of “stuck” at one particular mile pace, no matter the race distance, the terrain, the weather, etc.

And so it was on Sunday. It was sunny and a bit warm for this sort of thing – and there were some hills involved – and my uniform for the day, a Seahawks team jersey – is actually pretty heavy and so not a completely ideal thing to wear for a hot race. C’est la vie.

That last race before a big effort isn’t really about performance, anyway.

It’s just about practice.

There's a reason why we call yoga a practice. I think of running races the same way - especially a small tune-up race before a larger effort. (Image courtesy of arztsamui / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
There’s a reason why we call yoga a practice. I think of running races the same way – especially a small tune-up race before a larger effort. (Image courtesy of arztsamui / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Practicing the things that are most likely to lead to success on the big race day to come. Getting your chip, race number, energy gels (if that’s an issue…I don’t use them unless the race is half-marathon length or longer, but some of my friends use them for shorter races)…whatever it takes to get yourself organized and to the start line on time.

Every race is about practice. Taking reps. Just like everything else about this fitness journey we’re on. Show up. Do your best. Then, celebrate what you did, and move along.

Boston beckons. It is an emotional place this week. The deluge of news stories has already begun. It is going to be a loud and long and sometimes sad and sometimes reflective week in a city I’ve loved all my life. It will be an honor to just be one of the many thousands of runners who have decided to dedicate their third Monday in April, 2014, to the endeavor of running from Hopkinton to Boston. Can’t wait.

Yesterday’s #every48 workout: A much-appreciated REST DAY with just a bit of walking and stretching. The taper has now begun in earnest.

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