Marathon Race Tips
Before the Race.
For several days leading up to your marathon, ensure that you hydrate well. It is a great idea to drink a large glass of water before bed, as well as the night before the race day and as soon as you wake up, on the day of the race itself.
Aim to eat a simple breakfast that is high in carbohydrates before the start of your race. Porridge (Oatmeal), bars, fruit and even bagels work very well.
If you take the time to lather up with a little Vaseline in those areas of your body that you know are vulnerable to chafing, you will spare yourself unnecessary pain and discomfort (apart from the running itself).
Get There Early.
Ensure that you get to the starting line way ahead of time. Try to get into the queue for the toilet 30-40 minutes before the official start time, as the lines may be long.
The temperature is very likely to rise over the course of your race, so try not to overdress. If you feel cold at the start of the race, consider wearing an oversized bin bag over your clothes to keep you warm until the race begins.
If you are planning on running with music, be sure to check well in advance whether headphones or earphones are actually allowed on the course, as some marathons explicitly do not permit them. Additionally, running with headphones on can sometimes be dangerous, if you can’t hear what is happening around you.
During the Race.
Your adrenaline will be pumping at the start of the race but the faster you start, the slower you are likely to finish. Remember, there are plenty of miles for you to increase your pace, if you are feeling up to it.
Slow to Drink.
Never grab a drink from an aid station and attempt to swallow it while running at full pace. We recommend practicing your drinking whilst running at a moderate speed or simply stopping for a few seconds to take a drink.
Queues for the toilets are always longest at the first few aid stations, so if you can hold it for another couple of miles without any major discomfort, you will likely save time over the course of the race.
Plan your Cheer.
Lots of runners like to invite friends along to the race, to help cheer them on and provide a valuable boost during those difficult miles. Try to plan ahead of time which spots along the course he, she or they will meet you, so you don’t end up missing them in the crowd.
After the Race.
Immediately after you finish your marathon, drink several cups of water, which will help nourish your aching and tired muscles. Try to walk around and avoid sitting on the ground, to let your muscles cool down properly. Additionally, some gentle stretching and eating some simple carbohydrates will help, even if you don’t feel like it.
After Race Day.