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Nicky's Top Tips for your Marathon

Nicky's Top Tips for your Marathon


So, you've decided to take the plunge and run your first marathon? Awesome choice! Get ready for a rollercoaster of sweat, sore muscles, and a whole lot of exhilaration. Running your first marathon is like embarking on a wild adventure filled with highs, lows, and everything in between. Nicky has complied a list of top tips to ensure your event goes as smoothly as possible. 

1. You will probably feel very anxious and excited the night before, and possibly won't sleep very well. Don't worry! You have done the training, so get up in the morning of the event knowing that you are in tip-top condition and start enjoying the day.

2. Pack everything you need for race day the night before. Do a flat lay to ensure you have everything you need. Don't forget your pins.

3. Don't eat or drink anything you are not used to the day before. Nobody wants a dicky tummy when running a marathon. Try and drink at least 2 litres of isotonic the day before to ensure you are fully hydrated with plenty of electrolytes on board.

4. Eat breakfast a couple of hours before the race starts, and maybe a bar or banana 45-60 mins before the gun.

5. We all know that you need to drink enough during the race, but don't overdo it either. Hyperkalaemia (over-drinking and washing out all the electrolytes) is just as dangerous, if not more so than dehydration. Drink enough that your urine is pale straw-colored. Don't leave the drinking until you are thirsty as that is too late.

6. Food on the go. I personally prefer real food to gels, so tend to snack on nuts, mini cheddars, and suchlike. It's whatever suits you, but you will need some sort of calorie intake during the event.

7. Don't forget to apply your sunscreen the morning of the race. Even if it is cloudy, if you are going to be out for several hours, you may get burnt.

8. Arrive at the event in plenty of time so you have time to drop your bag off, go to the loo, calm your nerves, and of course, take some photos.

9. Don't get dragged along with the crowd. Run at your own pace. 26.2 miles is a long way, and you don't want to get pulled along with all the excitement and burn out later on. It's a marathon, not a sprint. 

10. Most importantly, enjoy your day!

Running your first marathon is an incredible journey that requires dedication, perseverance, and a willingness to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. By following our effective tips, you can set yourself up for success and make the most out of your marathon experience. Remember to start slow, listen to your body, invest in good gear, fuel your body properly, stay hydrated, prioritise rest, visualise success, and above all, have fun along the way. 

By Nicky Chrascina