What's the best advice you've ever received (or given) with long distance training? I admit, growing up, I never followed advice because I'm too stubborn for my own good. However, when I started this whole running thing, I had a lot of people I could turn to, especially to my parents. They were good though and let me come to them with questions. Knowing me as well as they do, they knew unsolicited advice would still receive an eyeroll.
The best advice they gave me was run your race, and when you get to the race, it's like a final exam. You've put in all the work, so don't sweat the race. I never looked at a race like an exam, but they had a point. Months of hard work and dedication, even at times when you wanted to skip a workout (class), you still do it. Tapering is now the reading period, but I certainly didn't come up with any phantom injuries during the reading period. A head cold, sure, but no phantom pains. Then the final exam and you're done, just like a race.
And then I take a break. I have to. The last piece of advice was listen to your body. My body can't do race after race, and I mentally need a break too from a rigid-ish schedule. Just like a semester break :)
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.