8. Give Yourself a Break
You can actually advance your training by taking a break now and then, reminds Competitor Running. Don’t get too caught up in the training, and remember that you need some rest in order to recover (there’s such a thing as overtraining syndrome).
The down time you give yourself between long training runs allow your muscles, bones and “exhausted energy systems” to bounce back even stronger than before, thus truly reaping the benefits of your hard work, it adds.
9. Run Towards the Starting Line
During weeks 10-12 of your training, you should just focus on the race, suggests Men’s Fitness. That means you can concentrate more on sleep and stretching to reduce your chances of injury during the marathon.
You can even go ahead and book a massage for a few days after the race to help you recover, it adds. On the eve of race day, focus on “fueling and hydrating,” says the source. That means you can eat some carb-rich pasta and breads, coupled with a generous amount of water. Remember to stick to your regular diet on race day.
10. Allow Time to Walk it Off
During your training, your instinct will no doubt be pushing you towards going the distance without slowing down. However, Chron.com explains, “Even veteran runners have improved their times and avoided injury and fatigue by adopting a run-walk technique.”
This involves giving yourself 1-minute “walk breaks” after completing each mile on a long training run, it notes. This also applies to the race itself – walk for a minute after each mile marker, which gives you a good chance to hydrate as well. Doing this breaks the race into smaller sections to conquer, rather than seeing it as one unbeatable course.