You're about to run your first marathon. Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment and I'm sure you're feeling excited and a little bit nervous all at the same time. As with any big event, it's important to be prepared so that you can have the best possible experience.
That's why I want to share my top 5 tips for marathon success with you. These tips will help you stay on track, avoid common mistakes, and cross the finish line feeling strong and proud. So read on, put these tips into practise, and enjoy your marathon experience!
You've done the hard part, now it's time to enjoy the marathon. Before you get to the start line, make sure you have everything sorted.Lay out your favourite kit, shoes, race number and fuel in advance to make sure it’s all there.
You don't want to be packing your bag in a mad panic on the morning of the race. And if you're anything like us, you'll have a specific routine that you like to stick to on race day. So make sure you're prepared for everything.
Oh, and one more thing... don't try anything new on race day! We can't stress this enough. Stick to what's been working for you in training. You don't want to be experimenting with your diet or your running shoes on marathon day.
You've done all the hard work in training, now it's time to put it into practise on race day. Here are some tips to make sure you're fuelled up and ready to go:
1. Arrive at the race fully fuelled, but not overfull. You don't want to be feeling sluggish in the starting blocks.
2. Start fluid and energy intake after 20-30 minutes and keep repeating. This will help you avoid any gastric issues during the race.
3. Don't wait until you are thirsty or hungry (that's too late). Pace yourself and take on food and drink regularly throughout the race.
Don't be fooled by the other runners at the start of the marathon. A lot of people will bolt off as soon as the race begins, but that's not the wise thing to do. You don't want to expend all your energy in the first few miles and then wind up struggling in the later stages.
The key is to pace yourself. Start at your pace and gradually increase your speed as you go along if you feel like it. Remember, you still have 20+ miles to go!
And if you stick to your plan, you'll be running faster in the 2nd half than you did in the 1st.
You're almost there! Just a few more kilometres to go. Remember, every kilometre done, is one less you have to do in the end.
There's always going to be peaks and troughs during a marathon, so if you're feeling down, just remember that the high points will come eventually.
Try and enjoy the day, and take in all the support on the course. You've worked so hard for this, so make the most of it!
The finish line is in sight, and you're feeling good. You've visualised this moment over and over in your head, and now it's actually happening. You're about to cross the finish line after a gruelling 26.2 miles. How do you feel?
Are you sprinting those last yards, overtaking other runners and feeling that sense of elation as you cross the finish line? Or are you taking in the moment and savouring your hard-earned achievement? Whichever it is, just make sure you enjoy every second.
You’ve trained hard for this marathon, and now it’s time to put all that effort to good use. Have a great day, enjoy the experience and be successful.