You have four months before the RunLiverpool Marathon 2012. Are you ready?
Like many things in life the marathon only has one secret: train. Try to train with someone with the same objective as you. It will help. And remember where there is a will, there is a way, but don’t obsess!!!
Before the race – Get all your stuff ready the night before the race: your bag of clothes, your shoes, the dorsal, etc… Never use equipment that you haven’t tried before. Discomfort during the race is the last thing you need.
Carbohydrates will provide you the energy that you need.
Before you leave home, apply oneself with petroleum jelly in those areas where are going to have friction (toes, groin, armpits…). Go to the toilet one hour before the race and “dispose” all you can. Warm up properly and just before the race make sure that you have tied your shoe laces with a double knot.
During the race: If the race is very crowded try to get a position consistent with your means. If not, the human tide will run you over. You should go in single file at the start to not interrupt the step of runners who are going faster. Don’t waste energy, you’ll need it. Set a steady pace and please don’t sprint, your time will not be much better however your tiredness will be multiplied. Keep yourself hydrated sipping water or isotonic drink. That is vital!!! And the most important, stay concentrated and think about positive things. When your legs begin to fail it’s your mind which will keep you on the road.
And after the race: When you reach the finish, drink, and try to get a massage if it is possible. When you get home take a shower or a relaxing bath. It will help to relax your legs. Eat even if you’re tired. Nothing like a good nap and then a short walk to relax. The week after the race rest and recover.
If you are not close to home, we can help you with recommending a great place for food, a shower and a comfy bed…