Top 10 Pre-Marathon Dos and Don’ts

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 17, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 7, 2013 at 12:13 PM UTC

A 2:45 marathoner shares his best-kept secrets.

The Santa Monica Patch recently caught up with resident Kevin Lohner to pick his brain about what to do and what not to do before the Los Angeles Marathon. The 37-year-old Lohner is a 2:45 marathoner.

At the top of the list is sleep. He suggests that runners get maximum sleep two nights before the marathon. “The night before, people get nervous,” Lohner said. “The last thing you want to worry about is not being able to sleep—and once you get that in your head, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Number two on the list is pretty obvious: Don’t run long and hard in the days leading up to the race. Lohner suggests logging two to three miles max two days before the race. “You’re not going to get any better in the last couple of days before the race,” he said. “New marathoners get the urge to get every last little bit [of running] in, but if you haven’t done the work for it and scramble the day or two before, you run the risk of injury or tiring yourself out during the race.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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