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Pre-marathon Checklist

Posted by Active Toby on Jun 1, 2007 4:08:00 PM


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:


--     Race chip



    • Race number

    • 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.


Run smart, not hard.

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