RW’s Ultimate Marathon: What if…

Even experienced marathoners can find race-day a journey into the unknown. Arm yourself to deal with the unexpected, though, and you’ll have a marathon experience to cherish. Here are links to the articles that show you how to ride out whatever comes your way before, during or after the big event (even if it means deferring until next year)

The Week Before

  • You have aches and pains
  • You get ill
  • You’re not sure which target to aim for
  • You’re restless and full of energy
  • You have put on weight
  • People are still telling you you can’t do it

The Two Days Before

  • You can’t sleep
  • You buy new shoes or clothing
  • You have family obligations
  • You feel sluggish on an easy run
  • You aren’t thirsty enough to drink
  • You don’t know what to eat

Race Day

  • You have no appetite at breakfast
  • It’s cold and wet outside
  • It’s hot outside

During the race

  • You don’t get a clear start
  • It still takes longer than you planned to get over the start or to cover the first few miles
  • You start to get a blister at mile three
  • You feel great at mile six
  • No, but you seriously think it’s your day
  • You get to 10 miles and decide it’s just not your day
  • You get runner’s trots
  • You twist your ankle on a discarded water bottle
  • You get a stitch
  • You want to stop
  • You’re in pain
  • You feel great at mile 13
  • You hit the wall at mile 18
  • You feel great at mile 20

After The Race

  • You want to sit down
  • All you want to do is sleep
  • You settle down to do some serious stretching
  • You’re ready for a beer