I remember being nervous in the waiting zone on Staten Island NY before the marathon and some great advice I got even in those last few minutes were invaluable....
Don't get caught up in the surge of the runners in take off, if you do, check yourself, pull back and slow down, you've 26.2 miles yet to go!!
Some one gave me a sachet of salt from McDonalds advised me to take half it at the start and during the race take some more, but that was a long time ago, nowadays there's electrolyte tablets you can pop in your water, even better!!
Relax, relax, relax and enjoy the race, look around you, enjoy the cheering spectators, they'll drive you on.
When the body starts getting tired in mile 20+ the mind needs to be focused.....there's nothing like an incentive to get you to the finish line and mine was a big juicy steak and glass of red wine and boy did that work for me.
Click here for some great advice from my fellow ChiRunning instructor Catherina McKiernan.
Click here for some more great advice from my other fellow ChiRunning instructor Mary Jennings of Forget the Gym.
Good luck to everyone taking part this year!