Off the Beaten Path

The Pre-Race De-jit­ter­ing List

Canadian Running - - CONTENTS - By Mary­lene Vester­gom

Rachel Han­nah 2015 Pan Am Games sil­ver medal­list Be­fore the race, I’ll think of key words I’d say when things get tough, such as: re­lax, breath, fo­cus, form, knee drive. I did this at Bos­ton, and it worked. NEW­BIE AD­VICE: Sim­u­late your race ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore the main event, start­ing with what you will be eat­ing that morn­ing, and prac­tice fu­elling at the ex­act same in­ter­vals in your long run. Thomas Toth Rep­re­sented Canada at the 2017 World Cham­pi­onships I have a pair of socks I pre­fer and I usu­ally throw one of my wife’s hair elas­tics on my left wrist. NEW­BIE AD­VICE: Keep it sim­ple and don’t stress your­self out. Re­mem­ber: rit­u­als help calm and re­lax ath­letes, but don’t play any ac­tual role in the out­come of the race. Lanni Marchant Cana­dian marathon record holder I have a spe­cial song on my phone. It’s my race day alarm – it’s “Ground Shake” by Dirty Ra­dio. NEW­BIE AD­VICE: Be­ing ner­vous is good. At the Olympics I was stand­ing be­side the fastest women in the world and I had to re­mem­ber I don’t get to con­trol the pace of the race; I could only con­trol rac­ing the best of my abil­ity and hav­ing fun. Re­mem­ber you’ve done all the prep work and when that gun goes off, it’s out of your con­trol. Eric Gil­lis 10th at the 2016 Olympic marathon Mu­sic. For some­thing mel­low, Frazey Ford, and for that en­erg y kick, The Killers. NEW­BIE AD­VICE: The goal I had for my first marathon was hav­ing a feel­ing at the end of it that I wanted to do an­other one. Reid Cool­saet Olympian, sec­ond fastest Cana­dian marathoner of all-time When I’m ta­per­ing for a marathon I try and cut out sweets dur­ing the last week. When I crave some­thing I’ll write it down and then post-race make sure I get that as a treat. NEW­BIE AD­VICE: Fig­ure out what break­fast works best be­fore key runs and eat the same thing on race day. Tim­ing of the meal is im­por­tant, too.

Mar­i­lyn War­ren 3:47 marathoner, po­lice of­fi­cer When I com­pleted Bos­ton this year, I treated my­self to an­other t at­too of t he fa­mous Bos­ton Uni­corn. Pius Rol­heiser 3:18 marathoner, Abo­rig­i­nal con­sul­ta­tion ad­vi­sor I jump over the 20-mile py­lon on the road – kind of an in-your-face rebel yell! Doreen Katch­mar 3:41 marathoner, ac­coun­tant Write my goal time on a piece of pa­per then stick it un­der the in­ner sole of my left run­ner, cause it’s on the same side as my heart. Heather Harker 3:40 marathoner, ac­coun­tant I al­ways be­lieve thank­ing all the course Mar­shall vol­un­teers is good Karma. The more I say thanks – the bet­ter my race gets. A good time is bet­ter than a good time. Heather Davis 3:38 marathoner, fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst Never try any­thing new on race day. Mary­lene Vester­gom is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor.

ABOVE Eric Gil­lis puts his rou­tine to the test and wins the 2017 Cana­dian 10K Cham­pi­onships in Ot­tawa

LEFT Lanni Marchant at the Van­cou­ver East­side 10K

BE­LOW RIGHT Thomas Toth takes the win at the Cal­gary Half Marathon 2016

BE­LOW Reid Cool­saet at the 2017 Cana­dian XC cham­pi­onships in Kingston, Ont.

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