Runners are aware that recovery is important. From cooldown routines to meditation apps to self-massage tools, the means to aid the process have gained consideration and adoption in recent years. This is a step in the right direction, but the misconception remains that recovery is automatic on “rest days” and a separate, less important endeavor that happens by default when we’re not working out. Moreover, social media is muddling the distinction between increasingly popular “self-care” and real athletic recovery.
With CIM quickly approaching it's not hard to believe that if you are racing you have spent at least 2/3rds of the past week thinking of race day. The endless scenarios play through your head, the questions of "Am I prepared? Was it enough?" still looming overhead. Just remember, you can only control the controllable. So, to help ease all those pre-marathon hypotheticals going through your mind, take a deep breath, and read about the course straight from a CIM expert - Steph Bruce.
You may not be able to know exactly how you will feel come race day, but you will be able to know the course, because I am 99.9% sure they won't be changing that last minute... Correction, 99.999999% sure.