The pre-london marathon checklist


The pre-London Marathon checklist

The training (should be) done and race day is almost here, but not everyone at the start line will be peaking at the perfect time. Sound familiar? Lucky for youMH’s has made every pre-marathon mistake going and, while you might not yet feel totally prepared, his top tips for reaching race day ready will ensure you don’t repeat them.

Pasta’s not faster

Forget the carb-loading cliché. Those three pasta bakes you choke down at 8pm the night before the race are only going to make you feel sluggish on the line. Build up your carbs slowly by adding eating extra amounts in the days before.

Good hydrations

Don’t wake up and guzzle three litres of water on race day. Hydrating should start three days out. On the morning you only need to drink small amounts to avoid a) queueing for portaloos b) Paula Radcliffe-ing yourself. If your urine’s clear, you’re properly topped up.

Lay it out

Lay out your kit the night before. Make sure you have everything you need for a speedy, hassle-free morning. The race starts early, your nerves will be jangling and the last thing you’ll want to do is panic while hunting for your lucky socks.

Get shorty

Pin your race number on your shorts instead of your t-shirt or top. If you need to shed or add layers you can do it quickly without losing that all-important race ID. And use six safety pins not four. Like approaching a nightclub as a teenager, you won't be allowed across the line if you haven't got your ID.

Small is powerful

Stick to a small breakfast of things you normally eat. Don’t suddenly decide to go off-piste with chilli scrambled eggs or anything you’ve not had in training. What you know is what will work best.

Eat early

Let’s tell it like it is. You want last night's pasta to have exited before you leave the house. Eating early is a good way to get the metabolism started and help grease those particular wheels. Speaking of which… 

Grease up

Vaseline everywhere. More than you think you should, in places you think you shouldn’t. Hint: the medium size tub is what you’re after. Not the little one you use to keep you lips from cracking. Not the next one up. The one after that.

Nail it

Crop the claws nice and neat the night before the race. The last thing you need is a craggy toenail dicing your poor pinky over 26.2 miles.

Take refuse from the cold

Race mornings can get cold. Instead of carrying expensive outer layers to the start line, just cut three holes into a nice thick bin bag - one for your head and one for each arm – and us it as your pre-race windproof. To bring some badass to youderelicteroutfit, rip it off Hulk style at the gun. Roar optional.

Get a quick (GPS) fix

Avoid the congested GPS airwaves by firing up your tracking watch or smartphone app early when you arrive at the race. It'll be easier to find a satellite fix before 45,000 runners compete for a signal three minutes before the start. You can switch if off to save battery but it will connect quicker when you switch it back on.

Start slow, speed up

The classic mistake is to start too fast. Just don’t. The first six miles will dictate how your race ends. Run them slightly slower than your target race pace to avoid overloading your system too early. Run the middle fourteen slightly faster than race pace and then dig in for the final 6.2 miles.

Go your own way

It’s hard to do but ignore everyone else and concentrate on your own preparation and plans. Don’t suddenly start doing weird warm-up exercises just because the bloke who looks like a sub-2.30 runner is doing them. Know your programme and stick to it.

Be kind to yourself

The race is hard and that’s OK. Don’t beat yourself up about it. When it gets tough – and it will – smile and breathe deep. It’s too easy to blame yourself and become negative. Letting go of that idea makes a big difference.





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