The London Marathon is here, the sun looks like it’s going to shine and all of those hard weeks and months of training come together this weekend. Here are my top tips for having an amazing race day!
Be positive! The training is in the bank, your biggest asset today will be your mind. Think back to the 2-3 runs you nailed, remember the cause you are running for and get into your positive bubble - you’re ready!
Even in warm weather it can get very chilly on Blackheath, so wear some old clothes to keep you warm, this will negate the need to run around to stay warm - you don’t want to burn any precious energy before the race.
Manage your energy and fuel; aim to take on gels consistently from 45 minutes then one every 30-40 minutes, sipping on water but not drinking too much or more than your need. It could be warm on Sunday, so you might need to drink a little more, but too much will leave you feeling heavy and can be dangerous. Just drink to your thirst.
When you cross the line pump your fist in the air, soak up all the atmosphere of those incredible final few miles, then keep warm by popping on your Tribe Sports sweatshirt and get some fluids and carbohydrates onboard nice and quickly.
Tom Craggs is an England National Endurance Coach. He also works as a coaching consultant for Race for Life, Polar and 16 other leading charities. Tom is also an Advanced Personal Trainer working with several well-known TV and media personalities.