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: Final dress rehearsal. This is your last race-simulation session. If your work schedule allows, rise at the time you plan to on race day; go through your planned race-day morning routine, including breakfast; and, if possible, perform the workout in the shoes and clothes you’ll wear this weekend. Put yourself into race mode during the run, and focus on staying relaxed while running race pace.

Coach’s Tips. You’re not training at full volume, but you may still have the appetite of someone who is. Keep an eye on what you’re eating this week, and scale back accordingly to account for your reduced activity level. Many runners have a tendency to overindulge during race week, but it’s important to remember that you don’t need as many calories as you did two weeks ago.

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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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