Anyone who has gone through marathon training finds that excitement builds as race day nears. One or two weeks before a race they are saying to themselves “oh man, I wish the race was tomorrow! Let’s go! I’m ready now!” This is an excellent indication that you are physically ready to run 26.2 miles.
One of the best ways to be prepared for race day is to make a pre-race checklist. That way there will be no disastrous surprises to short-circuit your run.
Also, I highly recommend that you lay out all of your race day clothing and gear the night before. That way you can see that everything you need for the race is right there in front of you and there is no last minute stress as you head to the starting line. When it comes to your carbo-loading meal the evening before your marathon, try to eat early enough so that your body has time to properly digest the food.
Race Day Checklist
If overlooked, any of these items can wreak havoc with the quality and performance of your race. so be diligent in following up on your race checklists.
Finally, one of the biggest mistakes, even veteran marathoners make, is doing something new on race that turns into an epic fail. Stick with what is tried and true so that there are no negative experiences. One of the prime mistakes in this category is trying a new drink or energy food only to have your body revolt in a not-so-fun way. Proper preparation is the key to success.