44 responses

  1. Brittany
    September 14, 2010

    Although I’ve never run a full marathon I liked reading your advice. Thanks lady!

  2. Madison
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice! Especially the pedicure tid-bit. I can’t even begin to describe how much I want one right now… My feet look G.R.O.S.S!

    I always find the week before taper to be the toughest…. Mentally and physically. It’s the highest mileage week and your body is already completely beat up! Right now, I’m dealing with one bad run after the other…. When this happens, I just go back in my training log and look at what I have accomplished up until this point! You’re absolutely right… TRUST YOUR TRAINING! 🙂

  3. Freya (Brit Chick Runs)
    September 14, 2010

    I like your advice 🙂 I’ve got about 6 or 7 weeks til my first marathon, so it’s good to know what to do 🙂
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  4. Lauren @ Running Examiner
    September 14, 2010

    Awesome advice! I completely agree that, in the month leading up to a marathon, your body is essentially “there”…your mind is what requires the extra attention!

    So true about avoiding pedicures until after race day, too. A runner’s feet may not always be the most aesthetically pleasant thing in the world, but those calluses form for a reason. Plus, the post-marathon pedicure is always so nice, and well-earned. 🙂
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  5. Elizabeth
    September 14, 2010

    The pedicure tidbit goes for pretty much anything. I used to dance competitively and made the mistake of getting a pedicure the night before a competition. I take karate now and can’t imagine kicks with fresh feet. Ouch

  6. Madeline – Greens and Jeans
    September 14, 2010

    Do your research and find out what sports drink and flavor they will be serving at your race! Nothing worse than ending up with something disgusting that you aren’t used to!

    • Meghann
      September 14, 2010

      Good advice! Especially if you are traveling to another part of a country that serves something way different then what you have in your home state.

  7. Kelly
    September 14, 2010

    I agree with the no pedicures/test your race day outfit. I stay away from pedicures during all training pretty much.
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  8. Dani
    September 14, 2010

    Great post! and such perfect timing with run season coming up!

    Never thought about the NO pedicures rule, but makes PERFECT sense!
    Maybe only make sure to keep the toenails short bc if they get too long in that time may cause jamming into the toe and that causes BLACK toenails! which is NO BUENO!
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  9. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    September 14, 2010

    In general, don’t do anything new on race day: no new feet, no new shoes, no new clothes.
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  10. Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff)
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice. I don’t need it short term, but I certainly hope to be able to use it in the distant future =). Although, it can be applied to races of a shorter nature as well.

    And yes…Gossip Girl. I am dying to discuss it with someone!

  11. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels
    September 14, 2010

    I’ve never ran a marathon so I don’t really have any advice to offer. But I loved reading your tips even though I don’t race. By the way, Good Luck!!! 🙂

  12. Marg
    September 14, 2010

    These are great tips, even though I’m no where near running a marathon. One day though!

  13. The Linz (Destination 26.2)
    September 14, 2010

    This is great Meaghann! I was just thinking about what I should and shouldn’t be doing for my marathon training – as my first one is in a month too.

  14. Ellie
    September 14, 2010

    Love your advice. I’d say look over the race course map (not necessarily run in). Kind of get a feel for little things. It always keeps me from feeling lost
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  15. Tina
    September 14, 2010

    I would never have thought about so many of those things. Especially the pedicure and trying out your race day outfit. Its amazing what all goes into running.
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  16. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat
    September 14, 2010

    Great tips! I’ve never ran a full marathon before (I’ve only done a half), but I heard somewhere that you should paint your toenails (but don’t get a full on pedicure), just in case you get black toenails! Especially if you are still in an area that has flip-flop weather!
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  17. Molly
    September 14, 2010

    Haha my entire running career, from high school to college, everyone gives me that pedicure advice. And while I don’t get pedicures on a regular basis, I always get them, no matter if it’s in the middle of the season!
    I personally have never had any problems (if I get blisters its due to new shoes, wet shoes, etc.) but I will say that for most people that advice is true.
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  18. Jen
    September 14, 2010

    Love this post, Meghann! I’m only six weeks out from MCM and these are great reminders.

    The only thing I would add is to make sure that you know what foods work for you for your pre-race dinner and race day breakfast. This is especially important for first time marathoners and people who are traveling. Never eat or drink anything different on race day – GI issues mid-race are the worst!
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  19. kate
    September 14, 2010

    Ahh! I still havent seen GG. I cant find it online yet!
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  20. Gwen
    September 14, 2010

    GRRRRREAT Advice! I learned so much from my first marathon – combined with this awesome advice, I feel like I can really crush my next one!
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  21. Caitlin (EatFeats)
    September 14, 2010

    I love the advice about staying stress free. It is so important to trust yourself and know that you can do it, even on days that you don’t feel your best!
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  22. Kristin
    September 14, 2010

    I needed to hear this today. I’m doing a longer taper for my first marathon (the week after yours!) because I know I do better with fresh legs, but hearing about everyone else’s training programs are starting to make me nervous. I need to trust myself and know that I developed the best plan for myself.

    My feet — OMG. Although I have to say, I am proud of my black toenail — it makes me feel hard core. =D

  23. Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    September 14, 2010

    I can’t believe that you’re about to run the Chicago Marathon… you ROCK!
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  24. Tracey
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice!

    The Chicago Marathon is on my husband and I first wedding anniversary. We are going to spend part of that day cheering on all the Chicago Marathon runners!

    Hope the rest of your training goes well!

  25. Nichole
    September 14, 2010

    Counting the days until I can finally celebrate with a pedicure!! For now, close toed shoes, lol.

  26. jillian
    September 14, 2010

    I’m running the Philadelphia Marathon in November — my first one! Do you know of any bloggers doing Philly? Thanks for the great advice 🙂

  27. Maddie (the person)
    September 14, 2010

    Awesome advice!

    I played softball growing up, and all through college…and I used to do this while I played, and then when I started running. Before a big game/race, I would just coat my feet in Vaseline. It helps with the friction, and reduces the possibility of blisters. When I was younger, my dad would always do it before games. It’s a neat, pre-race calming tool that I use. Good luck!!!!
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  28. Brie @ Brie Fit
    September 14, 2010

    LOVED this!
    Also, I’ve never run a marathon, but I raced a half marathon in Chicago in August and my main advice is to TAKE YOUR GARMIN OFF AUTOLAP MODE! Because of the tall buildings and mass quantities of runners with Garmins, they don’t really work well for the first five or so miles of the course–train yourself to push “lap” at every physical mile marker along the course to get a better gauge of your time at the end. And don’t panic if your pace seems really weird–it’s probably not right. I didn’t do this for my last race, and many panicky moments ensued!
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  29. Iowajen
    September 14, 2010

    I am doing the Chicago Marathon as well, and this is all really good stuff. What I learned from my first marathon which was on an unseasonably hot day in 2007 is to be prepared for any type of weather and bring clothes as such. If you are traveling out of town for your marathon, bring your race day outfit as planned, but also think about the fact that it might be raining so you would want a visor, it might be colder than crap, so bring old sweats to toss. Just bring several clothing options.

  30. Nic
    September 14, 2010

    Your advice is spot on! The only thing I would add is don’t eat anything different or new to you the morning of the run or on the run. If you trained with shot blox or gu or whatever… use it that day. You never know how your belly is gonna react.

    I can’t wait to read all about your upcoming marathon! What a great accomplishment!

  31. Amy H
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice! All soo true! It’s around this time that I definitely work on my mental game plan. I just tell myself that at this point, I have done all I can do and have to be confident in my abilites and in my training. It is wayyy too easy to second guess your training now. Look back and think about all the miles you have put in and the challenges you have faced and supassed. I don’t know about you, but I get to feeling invincible right now…but that also means you need to make sure to tone it down a bit and save yourself for the race! Good luck in your last month of training. You are going to rock Chicago!

  32. Stacey
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice! Fortunatley, I’ve never had to deal with chafing. But I have a few tank tops that I’m sure would probably chafe me if I wore them on a 20 mile run! Can’t wait to run my first marathon 😀 I know you’ll do great out there! We are all rooting for you! Woot woot <—see? 😉
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  33. Evan Thomas
    September 14, 2010

    Oh yeah, I never get a pedicure within the race month.

  34. betsy
    September 14, 2010

    Great advice!

    Fortunately, or not, I have done all my Chicago long runs alone!

    I do need to figure out my outfit – did you decide on ordering a custom tee from Nike.com??
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  35. Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)
    September 14, 2010

    Although I will probably never run a marathon, I still love reading running tips! Oh, and your toast toppings look heavenly!

  36. Ryan M.
    September 14, 2010

    How do you run outside in the early morning when it’s dark? I get up and roll right back over….

    Gossip Girl—My sound was all screwy. C’mon CW, the music was louder than the speaking. At times I couldn’t hear Kristen Bell’s voice giving the lowdown. What I could hear…it is going to be a great season! Woohoo! Love Fall TV!

  37. Angie (Losing It and Loving It)
    September 14, 2010

    Oh great tips! I had all good intentions to run in the Reggae Marathon 1/2 this Dec. but running since Jan. has been a struggle so hubby and I decided this month that we will walk it instead. I’m going to assume that all these tips would be for walking the 1/2 as well. I want to be well prepared since it is in Jamaica. I had no clue about the pedi so I’ll just plan to get one at the resort spa the day after. As for clothing, I’m plus size and have had a hard time figuring out what I’ll be wearing. Need some good sports bras but boy they are hard to find for my size.

    The only other thing I would love to find is someone who I could pay to put together a 1/2 marathon walking play list from my current itunes music for me. That would be awesome!
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  38. Runeatrepeat
    September 14, 2010

    I don’t follow #1. I get pedicures when ever, but I always have – since right after high school. I don’t know if it’s a Mexican thing or what, but my friends go every two weeks like clockwork! I’m not that bad, but I will still go…

  39. Lizzy
    September 14, 2010

    I’m in the same boat. my marathon is just about a month away, and as ready as i think i might be i’m getting more and more nervous. but i know i can do it! thank u so much for ur tips!

  40. maria @ Chasing the Now
    September 14, 2010

    I never thought about your first rule before, but it is a really great idea. I’ll keep that in mind for future races!
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  41. Bobbi
    September 15, 2010

    So excited to hang with you in less then a MONTH!! AWWW!

  42. Orla
    September 15, 2010

    I alwasy do my own pedi. They are just too expensive here!
    Can I ask about your tattoo? Did it really hurt in that spot on your foot? I have 2 already which were fine but I plan on a third soon and my foot is on my short list of places to get it!
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