Do check the weather a few days before to start planning.
Don’t obsess over the weather.
Do wear technical gear: wool, synthetic, cold-gear, wicking, whatever works for you in winter.
Don’t wear cotton.
Do wear shoes with tread.
Don’t duct tape your shoes.
Do keep moving.
Don’t stop for long.
Do fuel and hydrate before and on course.
Don’t ignore the signs of the wall or bonking*.
Do have fun.
Don’t give up.
Do carry out all trash, there are trash cans at the aid stations to deposit.
Do not litter; you can carry the fuel on course, you can carry the trash.
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* ~ Definitions courtesy of Heather Gannoe over at Relentless Forward Commotion.
The Wall: A not so magical place that typically exists between mile 19 and 26 of a marathon. You’ll be running along, feeling on top of the world, when BAM! a switch is thrown and everything hurts, you feel physically and emotionally drained, and for a few minutes, wonder why on earth you decided running a marathon would be a good idea. There might even be tears. You have hit “the wall”.
Bonk: Similar to “The Wall” (see above) but a “bonk” can happen at any time, during any race. When an athlete goes from seemingly strong and well trained to a an utter, exhausted, mess, they have “bonked”. A bonk is often related to poor nutrition and low blood sugar, and can often be overcome mid race with the right snacks and a second wind.