I wish I could say that I’ve got it mastered from my seventh marathon. I know when things will hurt, how to push through them, the secret sauce to power through to that finish line, but I don’t. This marathon was part of my 50 miler training, so my ultimate goal was to still not get injured (among I also thought that getting a sub 3:40 really wasn’t too far off). Oh, how I still have so much to learn!
You can’t train for a bad day. They will happen and it’s just a fact of life.
You also can’t train for stomach issues. You should still try to take gels in (I didn’t until much later in the race, when I should have tried to take another one sooner).
Be proud of your effort through the race and beyond. There will always be things out of your control. Show up to the start line knowing you gave it your best (or being realistic and knowing that you haven’t) and give it your best that day.
Training on hills is necessary.
Don’t slack on marathon paced miles. I slacked on these a bit (they were HARD) and paid for it.
Don’t rely on an awesome half marathon PR to pull you through on the marathon. I got a big half marathon PR 5 weeks out from race day and maybe had too much ego (that I will get my time goals) leading into the full.
Finding out what works well for you (nutrition-wise) the days leading up to the marathon is really important. I’m still working on this one.
We’re all up to date on my marathons! Cheers to 6 more weeks of training before my eighth marathon! Also shocker- I’m not using this as a build-up for anything else! It’s all marathon-focused over here right now.
What works well for you for fuel before race day?
Anyone else find marathon (or race pace) miles super challenging?
Lessons learned from your past races- tell me what they are!?