Thursday 16 August 2018

12 tips on how to survive Dublin City Marathon from Olympic marathon runner Liz Yelling

Runners start the Dublin City Marathon last year. Photo: Damien Eagers
Runners start the Dublin City Marathon last year. Photo: Damien Eagers

Most of the hard work is now done. The training miles have been run. The only thing left now is rest before the big day.

Two time Olympic marathon runner and coach Liz Yelling from Britain has some tips on how to mentally get through the challenge.

“Don’t panic during race week - just stay calm. Remind yourself about some of the really great training runs you’ve had (and laugh at some of the forgettable ones!).”

“Your marathon adventure is just around the corner so get yourself ready for a brilliant day”.

Liz Yelling’s final week countdown tips:

1. Be organised. Check all your kit, and plan your route and travel arrangements for on the day.

2. You will have been running lots throughout your training - which can deplete iron levels due to the repeated pounding of your feet on hard surfaces and through sweat and natural wastage – so make sure you top up your iron levels. Meat, fish, green vegetables or Spatone Apple, a natural liquid iron food supplement, are a great way to maintain iron levels.

3. Keep running, but run smart - don’t overdo it. I would recommend doing a couple of short runs in the last week. Also make sure that you do lots of stretching.

4. Get enough sleep in the nights leading up to the race so your body is well rested for the challenge ahead.

5. Don’t try anything new or fancy for dinner the night before. Stick to what you know. Although you don't need to eat a pasta mountain or drink an ocean of water you do need to make sure you have eaten a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meal and are appropriately hydrated.

6. Give yourself plenty of time on race morning. More time than you think you need. That’ll help you stay relaxed – you don’t want to start the race flustered and stressed.

7. Take your own loo paper - (and be prepared to go twice!)

8. Once you are on the start line take a deep breath and remind yourself how far you’ve come and what you’ve achieved to reach this point.

9. In the race, be patient, stay calm and run smart. It’s a long way.

10. Be courageous when it gets hard and rise to the challenge you’ve set yourself. Think about heroes when it gets tough. Try thinking about people who inspire and motivate you to run and run the final five miles of the race with five different people in your mind who have helped you on your journey.

11. Never give up. Remind yourself of your personal reason for running. What is it that gives you real strength and courage? Draw on this.

12. Smile and celebrate when you see the finish line. Be proud!

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