Tips (I could come up with) for Marathoners
(or Things I Think Are Important to Remember in a Marathon)
- Wear clothes you've run in before. You never know how a funky seam, bunching or shifting, or even a different length in new apparel is going to affect your performance. Wear comfortable clothes you like that aren't smelly.
- Don't wear brand new shoes. If you've been sporting kicks for 500+ miles, it's probably best to have a newer pair, but if that means getting them the day before the race, skip it. Just wear the old shoes. You want to try to have at least two weeks in the shoes you're using in the marathon
- Have a hydration plan. If you aren't carrying water with you, then take a look at the marathon's water stops. Plan accordingly. If it's hotter than normal on the day of your race, take more water. Drink from each water stop and throw some water on yourself, too. Also, when drinking from paper cups, pinch the cup to close it off so it doesn't splash, then drink out of the pointy side of the fold.
- Have a nutrition plan. Find out if the marathon is supplying any kind of energy gels, snacks, etc. If you haven't trained with that stuff, don't try it for the first time at the race. Take your energy gels with you and use those instead.
- Double-knot your shoelaces.
- Lay out your race outfit the night before the race.
- Charge your Garmin before the race!
- Make sure you have a friend out on the course who can hold up a silly sign for you. It might just give you the push you will need.
- Relax and enjoy the work you put in to make this event possible! Have fun!