Let others pass you at the start! We all know most runners go off too fast so if you’re being passed just a little by other runners you’re probably bang on pace.
Don’t change too much!You’ll have heard before that you shouldn’t try anything different on race day and in the most part that’s true. Don’t suddenly decide to use a different gel you’ve never tried, don’t have something for breakfast you’ve not eaten before, don’t suddenly decide to run a pace that’s a lot quicker.
However you need to be adaptable! If there are adverse weather conditions you may need to change your expectations and therefore you pace. Take control and change it in your mind before you start and don’t get forced to do so half way through. If you’re not feeling great then plan for it before the race starts.
Stick to the planYou will have most definitely trained hard for this and practiced your marathon pace. You’ll have an idea of what time you’re aiming for and what time you’ll be going through half way in etc. Stick to it (take into account point 2) and don’t get carried away early in the race. You will feel amazing in the first 10 - 15 miles but remember it’s 26.2 so keep composed and have a smooth race rather than a horrendous struggle at the end because you pushed too early. The last 6 miles are going to be hard so don’t make it even harder.
Try to appreciate the atmosphere! You want to be able to remember at least a few landmarks and most importantly the crowds. Unless you’re a movie/ rock star, you’ll rarely have that many people cheering for you.
Use the loo before the race! Try to get in a last minute visit to the loo before the race starts. You’ll not just reduce your chances of having to stop in the race but also be lighter 😊
Breath, relax and smile! Easier said than done right? Consciously trying some relaxed breathing and smiling will likely settle your nerves. Nerves are your friend as long as you’re able to control them.
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