Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Marathon Tips

You've done your training - now you have to run the race.
Here are our top ten tips to help you succeed in any big marathon.

1. Be determined to finish. Your mind needs to be as strong as your body!
Don't give up unless you have an injury.

2. Check all your gear carefully three or four days before the race.
Then you'll know you haven't forgotten anything.
Don't wear any new gear, especially shoes.

3. Have a gentle run the day before the big race. Two or three miles will not affect your energy reserves and it will relieve any pre-race nerves you may be feeling.

4. Resist the temptation to spend the whole day before the race sightseeing or shopping. It's easy to do that at the big city marathons like London or New York, especially if you go with a partner.

5. Have a shower the morning of the marathon. This removes body oils and helps the body stay cool, which is important to prevent dehydration.

6. Spilt the race into "chunks" in your mind.

7. Run at a steady pace that you know you can maintain.
Don't get too excited at the start.

8. Eat a large balanced dinner in preparation for the race.
No alcohol!

9. Don't drink too much during the race.

10. Plan how to get to the start of the race carefully and arrive at least half an hour before, so you have time to warm up properly.