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Runner's World (UK) - - IN THS ISSUE -

Jo Pavey on ta­per­ing for a marathon

Don't ruin your chances of a good marathon by giv­ing too lit­tle at­ten­tion to the non-run­ning fac­tors in the 24 hours be­fore the race. After col­lect­ing your num­ber, don't hang around at the expo, spend­ing too much time on your legs. Know what you are go­ing to eat the day be­fore the race and lay your kit out – with the num­bers pinned on – the night be­fore. Set more than one alarm clock for the morn­ing. Make sure you have enough time to get to the start and to warm up. Take a tried and tested pr­erace snack with you, too. Keep well hy­drated, but take only sips dur­ing the last hour pr­erace. And have a pac­ing strat­egy. Be­ing or­gan­ised will keep stress to a min­i­mum on the day, so you can both fo­cus and en­joy the race.

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