6 Thoughts If Tomorrow Is Your First Marathon
I’ve been carbloading for all you bastards out there. All day I’ve been eating and shitting and feeling horrendous about it. I wish it was this time last week. At least I’d have a reason for eating like this.
As a man who is barely in control of anything he shoves in his face at the moment I’m going to give some tips to those of you who are maybe struggling tonight before the marathon tomorrow. Especially if it’s your first one.
Take all of this advice with a pinch of salt. I am a man who ran one marathon drunk and another one tipsy whilst still recovering. Completely and utterly embarrassing..
- Don’t go and drink your head off at the hotel bar tonight – Most people don’t drink before marathons but some do and the greatest danger for me was the mental hangover rather than the physical hangover on the morning of a race. That shit was nasty. My favourite pre marathon drink was the “isotonic vodka”. I poured vodka and Lucozade Sport Orange into the same glass. Yes. I had a serious fucking problem.
- Try not to worry about it too much – By this time tomorrow you’ll have finished and you’ll wonder why you were so bothered about it in the first place.
- Carb loading to excess will only make you feel bloated – I always had the tendency to go overboard and eat many Jaffa Cakes on the evening before an event. It never helped me. I always felt so slow on the day.
- If it’s your first time don’t let a time goal completely ruin your day – I know the mental obsession that goes with racing for a specific time too well. You don’t want to finish the race feeling like a failure.
- Feel what you feel at the end – Some people are seriously underwhelmed when they finish marathons for the first time. This is normal. If you’re delighted then live it up big time. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. Most of the time at the end I wanted people to run me over with a big truck as I was hurting physically a lot.
- Go easy on the gels – Remember take one every 30 minutes if you have to, not every 3.
Good luck to everyone running in the London Marathon tomorrow. It takes a lot of effort and dedication to train for these things properly along with the speedwork so fair fucks you bastards. Keep with it.