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Marathon Day Tips

  1. Do not start too quickly.
    • Starting a race too quickly can be disastrous for your overall performance.
    • Start at the pace you can maintain all the way round.
  2. Don't spend the first mile trying to weave your way through the crowd of runners in front of you.
    • You use up a lot of energy trying to pick your way through.
  3. Don't use brand new shoes
    • Make sure you run a few long runs in the shoes you plan to run in on race day.
  4. Don't use brand new socks.
  5. Lubricate your feet if you usually get blisters.
  6. Run the tangents.
    • Running the tangents will help you from running a longer distance.
  7. Don't go to the first toilets you come to, unless you really need to.
    • The toilets further along will be less crowded.
  8. Keep well hydrated.
    • A small degree of hydration has a significant effect on performance.
    • Drink often and little from the very start of the race.
  9. Drink Sports Water
    • Sports Water contains sodium and simple sugars that will provide you with a boost of energy
  10. Draft off someone going your pace
    • This will help you conserve energy.
  11. Don't drink or eat anything that you haven't tried in training.
  12. Bring a throw-a-way clothes.
    • A throwaway top will help you conserve energy until your body is warm.
    • If the weather is cool, throwaway mittens will conserve energy spent on keeping your hands warm.
  13. Wear a lightweight racing hat
    • The racing hat will help prevent glare from the sun
  14. Make sure you gently stretch all of your muscles
  15. Use Sunscreen

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