As race day approaches it’s tempting to fitness cram.

Fitness cramming is like cramming for a test.

You try to squeeze in more training last minute.

You try to make up for lost miles and missed workouts.

Fitness cramming is fear-based.

It’s not effective and doesn’t work.

You think you’re doing good.

You think it’s helping you.

It could be hurting you.

You’re not going to get much, if any, benefit from anything you do within the last 10-14 days.

If you haven’t done it within the past few months leading up to the race, now is not the time.

The best way to prepare for a test is to study slowly, steadily, and consistently over time.

That’s the best way to train and prepare for a race.

If you trained and prepared, you are ready.

If you don’t feel ready, go with what you got, and learn, adjust, and be better next time.

Trust your plan.

Trust your preparation.

Trust the work you’ve done.

Trust the process.

Trust your training.

Trust where you are.

Trust your fitness.

When race day comes and you step on the course, you will be filled with adrenaline.

Leave it all out there, and run like a champion.