Congratulations, the hardest part is over. Eighteen weeks of training and now only 26.2 miles separate you from your goal. Take a look at this pre-marathon checklist to make sure you don't start celebrating early.
Avoid any unusual foods -- eat the training meals that you?ve found work well before long runs. Be sure to eat more than 12 hours before the race.
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Your water bottle should never leave your side the day before a marathon.
Stay off your feet, rest and relax. Try some light stretching.
Use visualization during the day while relaxing. Envision yourself on the course. Think positively about all the work you've put into your training.
Lay out all your clothing and gear for the race. Essential items are:
Running outfit, shoes and socks.
Wristwatch - For timing/pacing in event
Your race fuels
Body glide or Vaseline to prevent chaffing
Plan and prepare what you?ll eat for breakfast.
Set your alarm clock and double check it. Make sure you have ample time to warm up properly.Sleep. Two nights before your race is the most important night of rest. The night before tends to be less restful, so don?t worry about it.
First and foremost, I recognize that I am blessed with an amazing support-network of family, friends and co-workers who are always looking out for me. If those who feel alone in this world could be this fortunate, there would be less of a propensity to seek refuge in destructive activities that prolong the recovery process.
With that being said, it is important to recognize that overtraining for an event can be more harmful than not being adequately conditioned. If you aren’t properly trained, you can still walk, crawl, or skip your way to the finish line. If you’re injured, you can’t even cross the starting line.
During training, a relationship with your body will develop that requires the utmost attention. Not listening to your body’s signals is like not being there for a friend who is in need. Every athlete will respond uniquely to an over-the-counter training regimen so an adjustment of mileage and intensity to preserve this relationship is encouraged. The article “[Overuse injury is preventable|http://active.com/story.cfm?story_id=13869&sidebar=13&category=running],” by the American Running Association, offers suggestions that will keep you healthy and strong all the way to the finish line.