By the time anybody or anyone see this, it’s already too late. Funny…
It’s a useless article for an event such as the Subic International Marathon. Why is that? Because it’s already tomorrow. And this article is written not as a useless reference but as an i-told-you memo. Funny…
What should anyone be doing a day before a marathon?
First time or not, things are just the same.
The basics. The logic. Some things just makes a lot of sense after.
You should have practiced. The run. The pace. The tempo. The food – YES. You practice what you eat in the run.You should have prepared, sorted and arranged your things. I told you…The battlegear is important. From your singlet or shirt to the socks.
You should have gulped plenty of fluids two hours before the actual marathon. A whole tank of it again 15 minutes before you move.
You should have taken a cup of coffee. (eyebrow raising now)…Dont ask me. But I told you.
You should have eaten light enough to run but right enough to fill your hunger. Nah…You should have eaten more the days before the marathon. Weight gain is normal while you taper and prepare.You should have pledged to stick to a high-carbs diet – as a runner.
You should have said no to alcoholic beverages. I told you!
You should have rewarded yourself generously with something – cheers to your hard drive and motivation and tough mental ceiling.
You should have brought some high-carbs nibblers during the run.You should have noticed that your body adapts to the condition of the run – no matter how long! Most cases of DNFs are mental, you know…
You should have worn the most comfortable shoes you used while training long distance runs.
You should have warmed-up and stretched before the race if you have early symptoms of minor injuries. Preventive care for your knee and joint is of utmost importance.
You should have planned your run. You should have prepared a concrete strategy that plays inside your head from time to time. Breaking the run in many small runs is ideal.You could have avoided stomach cramps had you been drinking a lot of water …
You should have eaten banana – or raisins! For potassium replenishment.You should have bench-marked your run for the 42 at 16. If you can run the latter without a walk, you’re in good shape, baby!
You should have alternated water and gatorade during the run.You should have prepared mentally, more than the physical.
P.S. – it’s not the shoe. it’s the runner.
Tips for the supporters:
For a marathoner in the middle of a race, there’s nothing better than a cup of water and a kind word.