29 Tips All First-Time Marathoners Need Before They Race


It’s like a 26.2-mile party!

BuzzFeed Health also asked Toni Carey, RRCA-certified running coach, co-founder of Black Girls RUN! and seasoned marathoner, to share her advice. Here are the tips we got:

Your dinner the night before should be something you know for sure will support your race performance.

Your dinner the night before should be something you know for sure will support your race performance.

Everyone has an opinion about carbing up before a big race — “Some experts say it's not really necessary,” says Carey, while many marathoners swear by a heaping plate of pasta.

The main thing to keep in mind, says Carey, is that your pre-race dinner should be foods you know work for you. It's not the time to experiment with that new hot sauce or see if dairy still bothers you or if fat will give you as much energy as starches. “You don't want any surprises,” says Carey.

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Make sure you’re amply protected against chafing.

Make sure you're amply protected against chafing.

“There's no such thing as overdoing it on the Body Glide!”

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Don’t rely on your phone for tracking and timing your run because you might not have consistent reception.

Don't rely on your phone for tracking and timing your run because you might not have consistent reception.

“Wear a watch to time yourself. I relied on my phone to track my course and time. But in Chicago there were literally hundreds of thousands of people and I lost cell phone coverage about a mile in.”

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