6 last-minute running tips you’ll thank us for
The London Marathon is only a couple of days away now and we’re sure the nerves are starting to kick in. So below, we have shared some practical tips to help you stay safe and run your very best for team purple!
1. Wear your favourite running attire
Spent a fortune on new running gear for the big day? Don’t wear it!
Don’t make the mistake of wearing new clothes for the marathon. Nothing is worse than having sore blisters, chafing or other issues on race day. Keep it stress and pain free by wearing your favourite trainers and clothing, which hasn’t let you down in the past.
2. Get there early
Organisation is key! Make sure you plan your route to the start line in advance. Hundreds or even thousands of people will be travelling with you, so make sure you leave enough time to get there.
3. Cut your toenails!!
Running miles and miles on your feet is going to be tough going. Minimise the chances of bloody, banged up toes by getting a pedicure before. The last thing you want is your nail falling off during the race!
4. Cheer team in check
There will be times during the race where you will struggle and need the support from family and friends or the Young Epilepsy team. Take a look at our runners brief beforehand, which will give you an idea of where our cheer stations will be located.
5. Stick to familiar foods
Similar to our advice on number 1, don’t try anything new. The day before a marathon is not the time to experiment with new foods, particularly something spicy. So stick to your usual nutrition and hydration routine.
6. Post-race prep
Your recovery is in full swing from the moment you cross the finish line. Your body temperature will be dropping, so you’ll need some comfy, warm clothes to jump into. If you have travelled up by car or train, be prepared that your legs will be sore and tired, so make plans for how you’ll get back after you finish.
Bonus tip: Start planning your next race!
If you didn’t manage to get in on the ballot this year or things didn't go as well as you planned, it’s not too late to start thinking about next year.