Extra credit for anyone who knew that was a quote from “Grease.”
Some people are running the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. And I am not. So, since I obviously have no current marathon training experiences to share, I thought I’d write down some tips for supporting a friend in getting through the weeks before a marathon.
1. Sign up to track her. Then check and make sure that the method you chose (facebook) is ok. And then when she tells you it is not, go back and change to her preferred method (text). Since she can only have 3 people track her by text, make sure you get in there early so you can elbow out the rest of her loved ones.
2. Obsessively check the weather for the location of the marathon. Obsessively. Save it as a favorite location on weather.com. If it looks good, text her. If it doesn’t, shut the hell up. And plead with Mother Nature.
3. Use your foam roller, even though you hate it and you don’t even need it because you are not training for a marathon, or anything in particular. You know she must be using it and you want to be prepared to commiserate when she complains about it.
4. Send her supportive texts. For most people, “You put in the work, get ready to reap the benefits!” & “You Got This!” will suffice. If your friend happens to be Colby, lean more toward sayings like “Are you ready to kick Ben & Jerry’s asses?” If you can work Mother F*cker into a cheer, so much the better. e.g – “Hey Colby – you vs. 26.2: Yippee Ki Yay, MF!”
5. Take a look at the course map so you know which miles she’ll be bitching about after the race and which spots she is already dreading. Make sure you know the start time so you can start sending strong running vibes her way at the appropriate time. Let her know that she may be running this sucker alone physically, but you’ll be there in spirit -especially at the mile 15 hill- and will mentally push her up it if you have to.
6. Support her in her taper period abstinence. Or, if you live far enough away that you won’t see her, continue boozing as much as you want, but keep it on the down low. Refrain from bragging about your wild night or complaining about your hangover to her. Remind her that there will be beer and ice cream after the race and she can make up for the past 2 weeks of clean living in a single afternoon.BOOM! Just like that.
7. Provide her with positive self-talk. Know that at any moment she may be peering over the cliff and stand at the ready to pull her back. Make explicit threats to the negative voices in her head. Explicit. GET EXCITED! Get excited for her so she remembers to be excited for herself.
8. Provide her with a song to play at Mile 19 (Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”) so she gets both a boost from the tune and from thinking of you and knowing that you will be rooting for her every step of the way.
9. Text her constantly throughout the week. Skirt the stalking laws. She’s going crazy and could use the distraction, even if it is just to tell her that you got a new blender.
10. Remind her that SHE’S GOT THIS! The finish line is waiting. The worst that could happen is that she has a slower-than-expected run through a truly beautiful part of the world. And that ain’t so bad.
Now GO GET ‘EM, COLBY!