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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 training runs you completed when you seriously thought you wouldn’t... imagine yourself being energised by the quality fuel you have taken on... picture the special people who have helped you to this point and who are no doubt thinking of you too - or are ready to cheer for you somewhere along the course.

Utilise the participants around you as a source of inspiration and energy. Pick a runner ahead and gradually try to bridge the gap between you. Encourage other runners who appear to be going through a tough patch - see their appreciation and enjoy the feeling of empowerment that comes with helping others. Show your gratitude to a supporter in the crowd with a smile or even just a quick glance or nod. Run with purpose. Remind yourself of why you took on this journey in the first place...was it a personal health goal? Was it to raise money or