Marathon Day Preparation

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is undoubtedly the most challenging phase of training for the Boston Marathon. We are in the depths of New England’s winter and the marathon seems so far away.

Runners that retain their focus on the ultimate goal exponentially improve the likelihood of a positive marathon experience. This is a great time to begin developing a Marathon Day plan:

Here are several recommendations to consider:

1. Arrive at the Athlete’s Village in Hopkinton no later than 9:00 a.m.
2. Bring a folded piece of cardboard to sit on while waiting for the start.
3. Bring a large garbage bag or poncho to wear in case it’s damp.
4. Wear an older pair of running shoes and don’t wear the shoes you’re planning to wear during the marathon until after you leave the Athlete’s Village and walk to the starting line.
5. Pack food and fluid for the village.
6. Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes that can be left in the village or checked with your athlete’s bag. You will be leaving this with someone from your charity or on a designated bus (by runner’s number) on your way to the start.
7. Bring a marker if you plan to write your name or someone that has inspired you during this journey on your singlet or body.
8. Check the laces on the shoes you plan to run in to be sure they are in good order.
9. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. If it’s a sunny day, one of the more common areas that require extra sun protection is the back of your knees.
10. Don’t wear any jewelry to the village or during the marathon.
11. Start developing your own checklist of items you will need on Marathon Day to minimize unnecessary stress.

Time passes quickly and the marathon will be here sooner than you realize. Careful preparation now will provide reassurance and peace of mind that you’ve done everything possible to prepare for the Boston Marathon!

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