Practice during your long rung, simulate the race as much as possible.
Wear the outfit you plan on racing in so you can see if it causes chafing. Don’t wear the race shirt you get at the Expo unless you know the fit and know it won’t bother you.
Try out your new shoes and socks, believe it or not, socks can make a HUGE difference!
Wear a hat, scarf, visor? give them a try! You need to know if it fits too loose or tight. Don’t buy anything new at the Expo and expect it perform the way you want it to.
Use a fuel belt or hydration pack?? Better use it on your long run to make sure you like it. The marathon is not a place to try out a new one, especially a fuel belt. It could rub and cause chafing or worse, blisters on your back.
If running a marathon or anything longer than an hour, YOU MUST FUEL every 45 minutes, I prefer Huma Chia Energy Gels. You need to know which ones work for you and which ones cause tummy trouble. Don’t forget to practice running and eating since you will not want to stop during your race. Chase your Gels with water too.
Don’t forget your keys! If you have to drive yourself to the race, are you going to run with your keys? Better practice running with them.
Sunscreen, chapstick, etc. Try out new products before the race to make sure you aren’t sensitive to them.
Make sure your Garmin is charged the night before a race, the last thing you want is a dead Garmin during your run.
Fuel with extra carbs 48 hours before the race. It isn’t necessary to carb load […]