As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Our Board is an active board in more ways than one — between the 12 of them, they’ve completed more than 300 marathons. So we thought we’d ask the experts and find out what their best Race tips are and share them with you here!
The Night Before
Lay it all out – Avoid race day anxiety and rushing around by laying out EVERYTHING you’ll need the night before.
Parking Plan – Know where you’re going and where you’re parking. Plan for it to take you at least double the time it usually would to get there. Check out the road closures here and see how you can reserve a spot ahead of time here.
Visualize – Visualize the start with a smile while everyone cheers you on, a smooth run with a calm breath and a steady pace, each neighborhood with huge crowds and funny signs, running through the pain as your training kicks in, the finish line with elation and what an awesome accomplishment! Through visualization our dreams come true.
Get there early! – We can’t say it enough – get there early! Avoid any unneeded race day anxiety by getting to the start line early. This will allow you some extra time should something unexpected arise (i.e. – traffic delays, long restroom lines, etc). Save your energy for the race and not a frantic run from the parking garage to the start line.
No Firsts – You shouldn’t do anything for the first time – from the food you eat to what’s on your feet: breakfast, clothes, shoes, Gatorade and Gu should already be tested.
Protein – Protein is always a good thing the morning of the race.
Stay Warm – Even with the addition of hotspots (outdoor heaters in the corrals) you can still get chilled. Use an oversized trash bag to stay warm. Take a bag and cut a hole for your head at the bottom of the bag. Once the race begins, all you have to do is throw it away!
Race Day Experience
Pace – Relax and don’t get too excited before and during the first few miles. Trust your training and stay true to your pace.
Take it all in – Once you arrive, take it all in, the sights, the sounds and the smells. This experience will never happen exactly this way ever again, so soak in every step. Entertainment and Patient Champions will be at every mile to keep you going. Remember, you’ve worked hard for this – enjoy it!
Celebrate – Congratulations! You have crossed the finish line and completed an amazing feat. Regardless of distance, pace and records, it is time to reward yourself and Celebration is the perfect place to do so. Reunite with friends and family, shake out our legs, visit the vendors, feast on food from local food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and remember to hit that PR Gong!
Recover – Check out Dr. Darrin Bright’s tips on how to recover appropriately here.