As a runner who has a few marathons and a couple of ultras under my belt, I thought that I should share with you a few last minute tips about preparing for this month’s Sundown Marathon.
Get Lots of Sleep
In the days leading up to the marathon, and especially the night before, it is vital to get enough sleep so that you will feel fresh on the day of the race. This is especially the case with the 4.30am flag off for the marathon and the half marathon this year.
Wear Nothing New
If you bought a brand new pair of shoes at the marathon race expo or that beautiful new running top, do not wear it on the day of the race. Wait until your next marathon cycle to try it out.
Instead, wear your tried and tested running clothes and shoes that have never failed you during your training days, and you will feel comfortable during the race.
Eat Tried and Tested Foods
For nutrition, you should stick to the same foods that you have been taking throughout your training cycle and don’t try anything new. For example, if you usually stay away from curry before a race and your friends invite you out to a curry dinner, it is best to avoid this, as it may create stomach problems on the day of the race.
Prepare Everything the Night Before
Getting all of your gear out the night before, will help to prevent you from being in a panicked state on race morning when you cannot find, for example, your race bib.
Having a checklist will also help to prevent yourself from forgetting anything important.
Get There Early
You should aim to reach the race site early so that you have time to catch your breath and go to the loo in case the lines are long. The last thing you want before the race is to be flustered and panicky about being late for the flag-off.
Have a Mantra
Having a race mantra will help you when the nerves sink in or when the going gets tough. This can just be a simple phrase such as “run strong” or “push on” and need not be anything too fancy.
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