‘LAST MINUTE’ EXPERT TIPS FOR MARATHON RUNNERS Tuesday 1 April 2008 PDF Print Former International Marathon Runner and Leading Lifecoach Julia Armstrong, shares her secrets on preparing for the big day 1. Talk to Yourself Repeat positive affirmations to yourself during the run up to the marathon. These are the first steps to giving a good performance on the day. They could be something like: 'I'm ready to show myself what a good runner I am' or ‘I am well prepared.' 2. Walk the Course Visualise your run beforehand. Call on your senses to formulate vivid images – even imagine yourself crossing the finish line! Visualisations are interpreted by the central nervous system as if they were real and if your body thinks it has already run the race, doing it again should be no problem! 3. Trust Your Body Know that if you're feeling sluggish, lethargic or even a little fat in the days running up to the marathon, this is a good sign! Your mind has told your body that a superhuman effort is coming and your body is conserving energy in preparation. 4. Have a Break Run very little in the last week, now is the time to make sure your muscles are recovered and full of energy. Take a couple of days off before the race - relax, put your feet up! If you feel you have to train, do some very light jogging at most, and keep your mileage low. 5. Treat Yourself Invest in a massage or treatment. This will get your blood flowing, ease out any aches and pains and relax you, leaving you ready to run. 6. Keep it Simple In the last four days, eat plenty of complex carbs (bread, potatoes, rice) as these are the best fuel for your body. Keep your meals simple so they are easy to digest and drink plenty of water. Eat early on the morning of the race, to give your body time to settle before the start. 7. Be Prepared Make a checklist early of all the things you need to take with you on the morning of the race. This reduces anxiety on the day. Mine would include: Training shoes and socks, shorts, vest, & sports bra Vaseline Pins for your number Something to tie your hair back Tissues Energy gels/Sports drink Change of clothes for afterwards ENDS For more help and advice from Julia visit www.juliaarmstrong.com. To speak to Julia please contact Cheryl@actionpr.co.uk / 07969 880132. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Action PR in the following categories: Men's Interest, Health, Leisure & Hobbies, Women's Interest & Beauty, Sport, Food & Drink, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.