*Focus on miles 1-5 of the route. It could take you anywhere between 2-20 mins to cross the start line. The first few miles may be slow. Focus on remaining calm and resisting weaving ahead through the crowd. You’re strong and full of stored energy ready for the race ahead.
* Are you really fit enough to run? Be brutally honest. 26.2 miles is a long way to be in pain. The risk of long-term damage to your body if you’re already injured is huge. Have you had to miss out on large sections of your training. what’s the longest you’ve run? If its only 10 miles, you may want (or should) think about deferring. If you’ve had flu, a stomach upset or been on antibiotics, you should also think about not running. Allow yourself plenty of rest. If your body is tired and wants to sleep, let it. Even if that means you’re in bed at night by 8pm. Listen to it.
* Book in with your sports therapist to go over any concerns about any niggles you may have noticed on your run yesterday. Fingers crossed you’re without serious injury at this stage, so your therapist should be able to offer treatment to assist you through this week.
FOOD & DRINK:
* There is actually no need to arrive at the start line weighing more than before you started training! You don’t need to eat your body weight of pasta. Plan out your weekly meals that are protein rich and high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Eat well and avoid junk. It’s full of nothing that’s going to support you running 26.2 miles in 7 days time. Similarly avoid booze. It will dehydrate you.
*Avoid mixing with people who are ill! Stay away from the person in the office who has a cold. Take a multi vit to help boost your immune system.
* Write your shopping list and get all the bits you will need for Sunday, from your gels, shot blocks, to blister patches.