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.