Preparing for the Big Day – 10 Things I Encourage You to Do

  1. First and foremost, be really proud of yourself for all the hard work you did to get yourself to this day
  2. Eat lots of good carbs on Friday and Saturday, and drink lots of water.
  3. Eat a healthy high carb breakfast Sunday morning, and drink more water.
  4. Pack energy gels to carry with you and eat along the way. Bring water you can carry, or plan to stop often to rehydrate.
  5. If you are checking your gear for pickup at the finish line, put a recovery drink or protein bar in your bag. If you’re not, have a plan for getting recovery food into you ASAP after the race.  Your legs will thank you for the rest of the week.
  6. Have warm throw-away (hopefully collected afterward for donations) clothes or a blanket so you can stay warm during that hour or more that we’ll be waiting at Dodger Stadium.
  7. Avoid doing, wearing, eating or drinking anything new on Marathon day. Stick with what you already know feels good and works.
  8. Try going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier during the week, so that pre-dawn wake-up time on Marathon morning won’t be as difficult.
  9. If you’re nervous, embrace it. You’re normal. There will be tough patches, so think ahead about how you’ll get through them.  Nobody said a half marathon or a marathon was easy. Be confident knowing that you trained well, that you are ready, and that there will be thousands of people along the route cheering you on.  YOU CAN DO THIS!
  10. Think about how your path to Marathon Day is filled with critical life lessons and new skills that you can apply to just about anything in life. Your journey is filled with many small successes that add up to really big ones. Visualize yourself achieving your goal on Marathon Day, and your goals in life.


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