The start: Soak up the atmosphere at the start but keep your emotions and nerves in check. Remind yourself that you deserve your place on the start line and have trained hard to be there. When the gun goes stay calm as the runners move forwards and focus on your race – your pace.
Mile 1: With the buzz of the start behind you and the roads starting to get clearer it’s vital to settle into your stride. You should be relaxed and fully in control.
Mile 5: As you hit the 5th mile you should be into your marathon pace. You get your medal for the final 6 miles not the first 6 so be disciplined.
Half way: Halfway is a brilliant race point to reach! It’s a good place to start to count down the miles. Stay in control as you run over Tower Bridge – the crowds will pull you along, enjoy their support but stay steady with your pace and effort.
20miles: Making sure you’ve made use of the Lucozade Sport energy and hydration stations along the route will mean that by the time you reach mile 20 you know you can go the distance. Now is the time to draw inspiration from your reason for running, get your head down and focus on the final 6 miles.
23 miles. Take the time to check in on your energy here. The fuel you take on board at this point will get you to finish.
24 miles: Running along the Embankment you will swell with pride as the crowds spur you on. I love this section. Stay focused on your form and your stride. The finish is getting closer.
The Mall: The best part of the race! Run with your head held high as you cruise down the Mall. Enjoy your moment as you cross the finish line!
Liz has also given me some fab tips for mothers who want to get running with small children – watch out for my guest post on CafeBebe later this week for more!