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: Rest or crosstraining. If you’re traveling for a Sunday race, this is the best day to get to your destination. Don’t fret about squeezing in a workout today, as travel can take a lot out of you. If you’re going to take a day off before the race, this is the day to do it. If you’re not traveling, or if you arrive at your hotel with time to spare, aim for 30 minutes of light crosstraining or go for a short walk to get your legs moving.

Coach’s Tips. Travel can cause stress, so try not to add to it. Give yourself plenty of time to do what you need to do and get where you need to go. Take along a bottle of water or a sports drink and sip from it regularly. Pack plenty of snacks, especially if you’re in transit most of the day. If you get to your destination early enough, go shopping for the foods and snacks you will want, in particular for race-day morning. Consider making dinner reservations for the next few days, as many popular places fill up quickly, especially the night before a big event. If you can get to the expo today, do it. Picking up your bib and browsing the booths with other excited runners are great ways to get psyched up for the race. Finally, go to bed at a decent hour and make it your mission to get a restful night of sleep.

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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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