Are you ready?

Are you ready?  The answer should be yes!  YES!  You are ready! Months of training is in the books.  Now you must be confident in your plans and preparation.  You must be realistic with your goals based on your preparation.  Look back at your key workouts and draw confidence. Look forward to race day with a degree of excitement and nervousness.  Remember a degree of nervousness is GOOD! 

Here are my last minute tips to help you avoid screwing up:

  1. Relax and trust your preparation
  2. Enjoy the race expo, but save all new purchases for AFTER your race
  3. Enjoy the pre-race pasta party, but do not over indulge.. you'll regret it the next morning
  4. Prepare your race items the night before - Shoes, shorts, top, gender specific underwear, socks, and pin your number on your singlet.  Have everything set.  You'll be surprised the silly mistakes you can make the morning of a race when nerves might be doing the thinking
  5. Remember, some nerves are OK.  If you find yourself feeling OVERLY nervous, take a deep breath, and give yourself a reality check - this is simply a 26.2 mile challenge.  You're not performing brain surgery, you're not expected cure infectious diseases, you're simply expected to go the distance of 26.2 miles (and for some of you with a very specific time goal in mind). 
  6. Remember YOUR WHY (ties into your reality check above)
  7. DO NOT GO OUT TOO FAST. You'll be full of adrenaline on Sunday morning.  Everything will feel much easier.. don't be mislead. Your body is still working hard.  HOLD BACK!


  10. Smile when you cross the finish line.  There will be cameras! 






Vicki is a distinguished athlete and international competitor, Vicki competed in the 1996 US Olympic Trials in the 10,000 run. She made her marathon debut at the 1999 Hong Kong Marathon, where she qualified for the 2000 US Olympic Marathon Trials. In 2001, she was invited to join the Fila Discovery USA training program, a program designed to develop American distance runners into elite marathon athletes able to compete with the best in the world. She has been a member of five USA national teams, including the 1993 World University Games and 1998 IAAF World Road Race Championship in Manaus, Brazil.