We are so excited for you! The day you have been preparing for is almost here. Do you think you are ready?
Have you talked to people about what the big day is like? Gotten lots of tips from experienced marathoners? In case you need some more tips, we have them for you today.
8 Tips for the Week before the Marathon
1. If you haven’t been doing it before, this is the time to start practicing getting up early and eating and get out the door for an early run. Get your body used to the weather and running early in the morning. You will also get an idea about how long it really takes you to get out the door and down to the race.
2. Take some time to check out the course. Drive it if possible or go over the map for the course so you know what you will be facing during your run.
3. Hopefully by now you have decided what you will drink during the marathon. Remember race day is not the day to experiment with anything. It is the day to continue doing those things that you found work for you.
4. Just remember to drink when you are thirsty. Do now wait until later in the race. The drinks need time to be absorbed into your system to help you with the fatigue you will feel later in the race.
5. I am sure you have been breaking in your running shoes and socks so that you know they are comfortable for the long run. Most marathon runners will develop blisters during the race. If you develop blisters early in the race, stop and put some cushion on the blister. Otherwise the blister will affect your stride and make it all the harder to finish the race.
6. I know that you are hoping for a cool sunny morning. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen so that you don’t end up with a sun or wind burn by the end of the race.
7. About an hour before the race, take a few minutes to collect yourself. Review why you are running and what your goals are for the race. Think about all the preparation you have done for this day and take a minute to feel good about all you have done and how great it will feel to cross the finish line.
8. Don’t forget that post marathon goal. Be prepared to look ahead. It will help with your recovery.
We hope that the Marathon is a fantastic experience for you. We will be there (in spirit) cheering you on!
The Foot Blogger Chick