Rock ‘n’ Roll Race Week Training Tips For Marathon and Half-Marathon

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published May. 24, 2013
Having confidence in your preparation will put you on the path to achieving your goal on on race day. Photo:


The Workout: Easy run. This has been your standard Sunday session for the entirety of the training plan; race week is no different. Use this run to shake your legs out from your longer run the day before, and begin to prime yourself for your last significant pre-race session on Tuesday.

Coach’s Tips.You are one week out from race day. Visualize your race-day routine, rehearsing the day in your head from the moment you will wake up until the moment you will cross the finish line. Wake up today at the same time you plan to wake up on race day. Eat your race-day breakfast, and try to run at the same hour that the race will start. Make sure you’re drinking at regular intervals throughout the day, and also throughout the rest of the week in order to maintain hydration levels.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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