I’ll be listening to the advice on race-day prep from my coach Andrew Cheong of SSTAR.fitness in the week leading up to the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. His tips are handy for shorter races too. By Zarelda Marie Goh
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“The meal before your race is the most important,” says Andrew. “Since the marathon is in the morning, watch what you eat for dinner the night before. Go for carbs, as they will be your main source of energy. Stick to easily digestible food that are familiar to you. So if you don’t normally eat pasta, don’t look for it just because you’ve heard that’s what runners eat.”
2. Rest, rest, rest
“Get sufficient sleep during race week, but don’t worry if you can’t sleep the night before the marathon,” he adds. “Research has shown that the lack of sleep the night before has little impact on your performance if you had rested well all week.”
3. Know the route
“It’s important to know the race route and what to expect,” Andrew advises. “Is it a nett uphill or downhill course? Where are the major hills? Are there many turns, or is it arrow straight? All these will determine your race strategy, what pace to start off and how you will end the race.”
4. Create a ritual
“A pre-race ritual helps to ease the nerves,” he says. “You could lay out all your race-day gear and take a cool flatlay. It makes for a good social media post, and also helps to ensure you didn’t leave anything out.”
5. Plan the logistics
“Find out how to get to the race venue and what time you should get there,” he says. “Take into account the weather before the start. If it’s a cold morning, you could be freezing out there. So dress accordingly. [The weather in Los Angeles during the marathon is projected to be between 9 and 20 deg C.] And look out for the portaloos, as you might need them before the race.”
Follow the rest of Shape editor Zarelda Marie Goh’s journey at www.shape.com.sg/myfirstmarathon.
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