You signed up, you put in the training, and now it's the week before your marathon. Since you've got some free time now that you're on a tapering schedule, here's how you should use those extra minutes to make sure you're ready for the starting line.
- Pick and prep your outfit: You shouldn't run in anything new, so now's the time to pick out your comfiest, most high-performing race gear — and it's also the time to make sure what you need is washed and ready for race day, not languishing in a laundry pile.
- Stay hydrated: In the days leading up to your race, water is key. Don't start the race dehydrated: make getting enough water a priority at least two to three days before your race.
- Stock up: You'll want your favorite energy gels, your go-to morning of meal, and that carb-loaded dinner. Go grocery shopping well before race day to make sure you can find everything you need without having to stress out about it.
- Check your transportation plan: Check road closures, bus times, and parking options, so you can plan out how long it'll take you to get there and wake up early enough to have ample time to make it to the starting line.
- Congratulate yourself: It took weeks and weeks of training to get here, and your hard work has paid off. Take a moment to feel proud of what you've accomplished — it'll help you show up at the starting line feeling cool and confident.
Now that you've made it to race day, read our tips on how to make the morning of your marathon less stressful.