Most of the work for the big race is now complete, you may well feel that apart from the race itself all preparations are over. Experienced marathon runners know that the weekend of the race is most important and can greatly add or subtract from your marathon performance.
Yes the physical training should be completed but the last few days should be spent freshening the body,
Raising energy levels, hydrating the body.
As much as you can reduce time spent on your feet over the next few days .Get plenty of sleep this week ,you may struggle to sleep well on Saturday night with the increased adrenalin but with plenty of sleep on Thursday, Friday you will be fine.
I always ate 6 or 7 small meals in the days leading up to the race, rice pasta, bread cake, pastries.For obvious reasons do not eat a high fibre meal on Saturday evening.
Ensure you maintain your intake of water right up until the start of the race, I know it can be a chore but it will make such a difference when you reach mile 20 and beyond.
I strongly advise abstaining from alcohol in the marathon build up,
It causes the body to lose water,it also inhibits the utilisation of fat for energy, marathon runners need to be efficient at using fat as an energy source.
You can have plenty of alcohol Sunday night you will have earned it.
Remember life continues after Sunday so ensure you allow your body proper recovery in the days after the race, stretching ,walking swimming,cycling, alittle running will help you recover effectively.
If you feel you need massage have one it will help to remove the lactic acid from your muscles.
I strongly advise non club members to join a club as soon as you can ,dont lose the fitness levels you have at the moment,joining a club no matter what your level will give you renewed focus after the marathon is long over ,you will make new friends,new training partners that will help you after allowing recovery start running again.
We are so lucky in Meath to have several top class athletic clubs with some outstanding mentors,qualified coaches , who will give you great advice and help with your training eg
Trim AC,Ciaran Tobin
Fr Murphys,Michael Priest
Bohermeen AC, Stephen Ball
Dunshaughlin, Paddy Mangan
Na Fianna, Mary Hanley
Kiltale Ladies, Pat Diskin
I would like to wish you all the best of luck on Sunday, enjoy every moment before,during and after.
To the many athletes I have had the privilege of helping in your preparation for the big day,
I thank you and I have to say it has been a pleasure , I hope I didn’t talk too much.
I will be praying you all get around the course safely on Sunday.
I look forward to hearing all your stories after the race.
Best of luck , enjoy the experience and be very proud of yourself
Ps. remember a marathon is not a sprint
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