This article was published on April 16th, 2012
Preparing for a marathon is more than just putting in the work to train for the event. Take away some of the stress and anxiety by preparing in advance. Here are seven easy steps that will help you be prepared for race day:
- Register early – this will keep you on track with your goals and make your training purposeful.
- Know the race route and race logistics – go to the course website and study the course route and elevation maps to make yourself comfortable with the course. Know it well. Also check on details including bag checks and transportation for point-to-point courses.
- Tour the course – Drive or bike the course to know where the hills are, where you can make-up time on downhills and where challenging turns or areas will be. Note milestones along the course – for example where you will gel in advance of a long hill.
- Check the weather – you will need to know if you’ll be running in tights for cold weather, a shell for rain or shorts for sun – along with sun screen, hydration, sun glasses, and extra clothes to pack just in case of inclement weather.
- Arrive early – Not all races operate smoothly. Bag check and washroom line-ups fill-up quickly and there’s always a surge at the end to find pace-group leaders.
- Know where the hydration and aid stations are – If you aren’t going to pack all your own nutrition and hydration it’s important to know where the on-course stations are and where medical aid stations are located.
- Prepare a post-race departure strategy – Many roads are closed for races and transportation is required for point-to-point courses – know how you will return from the finish line.