- Opt for a satiating breakfast and stay hydrated
- Keep calm and get a massage
- Watch what you eat
- Do not experiment
- Use your digital devices wisely
Opt for a satiating breakfast and stay hydrated
You might think that eating could lead to a feeling of nausea but this is a complete myth. Moreover, this could also be the reason for you being an underachiever at the marathon. A bowl of milk and oats accompanied by a fruit gets your metabolism going and provides you with ample energy to sustain yourself through the marathon. You could also keep some raisins or a bar of chocolate handy to eat when you feel yourself losing steam. Also, remember to stay hydrated during the marathon in order to replenish the salts that your body is losing.
Keep calm and get a massage
Running a full or a half marathon obviously will put a lot of stress on your whole body especially if you’re training hard for it. Therefore the best thing to do a few days before your big day is to put your feet up and chill. And what better way to do that than checking into a spa or calling a masseuse home to get rid of all those tensed muscles and knots, eh? Says Neha Batra, a seasoned marathoner, “There's no point getting anxious a week before the race and that’s why I choose to get a massage and relax. Of course, I ensure that I eat right, drink a lot of fluids and get enough sleep 3 nights prior to my run." A legit spa appointment? We can run with that!
Watch what you eat
Eating unhealthy foods is just going to slow you down and make you feel lethargic. Sparsh Kataria, who’s been running the marathon for the last two years, has the right tips on the kind of eating habits a runner must have. She says, “With two days to go for the marathon, one is supposed to do what is called ‘carboloading’ i.e. eating a lot of the good carbs. So I try to avoid processed foods and empty calories and make healthier (or maybe the healthiest) eating choices." Hence, you should load up on fruits, legumes, buckwheat and oats if you truly want to ready up your body for the big run.
Do not experiment
The minute you announce you’ll be running the marathon, you will be inundated with all kinds of advice from many friends. Everyone’s bound to suggest different foods, meal plans, etc for you. Girija Naiksatam, our Executive Editor and newbie half marathoner says experimenting before the marathon can be a wrong move, "Don't try any new tricks before the marathon; no new super breakfasts or energy bars and definitely no new clothes or shoes. I'm running in my trusty and super stable Nike Air Zoom Structure 19, that have been with me throughout my training across all surfaces; and given the fact that I'm running 21 kms, I'm going to need all the stability I can get.The same goes for what I’m putting into my system an hour before the race as well as during!”
Use your digital devices wisely
The greatest thing about technology is that you can use it while training! So before running, make a pace chart and follow it if you’re aiming for a certain time. You can also keep a close eye on the pace if you’re using a watch. Remember to not get overwhelmed by other runners and their speed else you’ll end up losing steam towards the end when you’re actually supposed to be speeding. Run keeping in mind the route and run you’ve charted for yourself, that way, when you’re at the finish line, your mind and body both will be happy!