What’s The Best Marathon Advice You’ve Ever Received?

I’ve received quite a lot of them, some really helpful and the others–the usual training tips that we generally try to incorporate into our races. There is much to be learned from these wealth of advice which are usually taken for granted but they offer valuable lessons that can be used and applied in every level of running.


Best advice? Here’s my top three given to me from the 80s:

  • Sleep well on the second to the last night before the marathon even if you can’t sleep the night before  (i can’t on the eve of every race). The two nights before your race is the most restful. Works well for me.
  • If you’re in a bind on what shoes to wear on marathon race day, use the shoes you’re presently training in! You’ve already used and tested them and they’ll give you the added stability and cushioning you may need to run the long distance race than when you wear your racing shoes. Don’t sacrifice stability and comfort for lightness. If your racing shoe has worked for you well enough and don’t give you any blisters on your long runs, then go for these shoes. If not, your usual training shoes will suffice.
  • Remember to have FUN!

8 responses to “What’s The Best Marathon Advice You’ve Ever Received?

  1. Best advice I ever received? Here are my top three:
    1. Learn to pray the rosary.
    2. Do not wear new shoes.
    3. Tape your nipples.

  2. i agree with your first most effective advise, i got it from coach Ige during one of our sessions in Mizuno Run Club and has been doing it since then, and it is indeed effective. another advice i got was to rehydrate starting the DAY before 🙂 and shempre, the most effective i got was to enjoy the run and be thankful that you can run 🙂

  3. Best marathon advice I got? Here’s my top three:
    1. Bring salt sticks/caps.
    2. Boxer briefs are better than briefs, especially the spandex type.
    3. Tape your nipples.

  4. hi sir rene! after two full mary’s, 3 best advise i’ve learned & would like to share:

    1. determine your marathon pace, which should be slower than one’s 10K & 21K race pace. conserving energy during the race is important to prevent the dreaded wall. even pacing or negative split (the latter worked better for me) is recommended.

    2. the morning of the race, ensure that toilet duties were done in order to avoid gastro-intestinal (GI) issues during the marathon.

    3. no matter how hard you’ve trained, success or a comfortable marathon is not guaranteed if you neglect proper race strategy on race day such as pacing, fueling, hydration, etc.

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