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Mentally prepare for the course. Given that Melbourne is a point-to-point Marathon, I like to break the run up into segments and give myself a goal for each (see below)

Eat foods that are familiar, easy to digest and high in energy – carbohydrates are a source that the body can break down quickly and easily.  Lay out your marathon shoes, singlet & shorts, socks & underwear, race bib & pins, watch, sunnies, hat, anti-chafe cream, snacks, sunscreen etc. the night before so that you don’t forget anything in your ‘potentially’ nervous state on Sunday morning. Be excited. When I line up for a Marathon race I tell myself, “it’s time to reap the rewards”. The months of preparation required for such an event are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging with often a cup of coffee and an endorphin rush to celebrate a hard session. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good post-run cappuccino but it doesn’t compare to the feeling of moving across the finish line after 42.195km. Override your feelings of doubt with positive self talk when the going gets tough. Remind yourself of the