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Marathon Race Day Tips

How to Perform Your Best in Your Marathon


Updated March 31, 2014

Marathon running takes physical and mental strength, as well as smart racing strategies. Get advice to make sure you don't make marathon running mistakes on race day.

How to Run a Faster Marathon

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If you've already run one marathon, you may be thinking that you want to improve your time for your next marathon. If you're hoping to run a faster marathon, try some of these tips.

Mental Tips for Running Marathons

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Running a marathon tests your mental strength as much as it does your physical fitness. Each segment of the marathon has it own mental challenges. Here are some tips on how to win the battles throughout the marathon.

Should I Carry My Own Fluids or Use Water Stops During a Marathon?

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There are pros and cons to both carrying your own fluids and relying on the water stops, and each runner has his own preferences and habits. Here's advice to help you decide whether you want to carry your own water or not.

How to Deal With Crowds When Running Marathons

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As marathon running becomes more popular, runners are finding that marathons, especially big city marathons, are much more crowded. Try these tips to help ease your frustration and improve your race performance during a crowded marathon.

Tips for Getting Through Water Stops

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Navigating the water stops properly can save you a lot of time during a marathon. Here are tips on how to run through water stops, grab a cup, and drink your water.

How to Deal With Discomfort During a Marathon

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You're going to experience some discomfort at some point during the race. Here are some tips for getting through it.


Tips for Using Porta-Potties at the Start

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At the start of a marathon, your pre-race hydration efforts may cause several trips to the porta-potty. If you've never used a porta-potty before and you're wondering what to expect, here are some tips.


What to Eat During Your Marathon

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You'll need to take in some calories during your marathon to make sure you don't run out of gas. Here's a guide to what you should be eating during your race (and practicing with during your long runs).


How to Avoid Hitting the Wall

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Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to avoid hitting the wall. Here are some tips for beating the wall in a marathon.


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