I got asked that question several times on Sunday. A very good question, and here are my answers.
- Take it easy! Run/walk only a few miles a day at an easy pace, a few times this week, and no more than a mile on Saturday, or not at all. Your body worked hard for the last 5 months. It needs time to recover and rebuild so you can be in peak condition and well rested on Sunday.
- Get warm clothes. Whether you are starting at Dodger Stadium or the halfway point, you’ll be out there for at least an hour before the start time. The forecast as I’m writing this is for high 40s at sunrise for you Dodger Stadium folks, and probably low to mid 50s for those starting in Hollywood. I strongly encourage you to head to the BTS Thrift Store to purchase some “throw-away” clothes or a blanket.
- Go to bed earlier. The wake-up time for those starting at Dodger Stadium is 4:00 am. If you can go to bed earlier and wake up earlier a few days before the Marathon, that 4:00 am wake-up time will be easier to deal with.
- Drink extra water on Saturday: A few extra glasses of water on Saturday will ensure that you are well hydrated at the start.
- Get Ready to Party! Yes, you will be running/walking through what will feel like the biggest party you’ve ever been to. There will be music, crowds, energy, excitement, and more. You worked hard. You earned it. Get psyched to enjoy every minute of it. You will be creating memories that will last a lifetime and continue to inspire you.