What to Do 48 Hours Before a Marathon


I’m a little late in posting as now The San Francisco Marathon is actually less than 20 hours away, but I thought we could chat about what to do before a marathon.

Totally unrelated and not really part of the resting up before a big race, but instead of packing last night the boys and I braved a trip to San Diego to visit Sarena and Tony and check out the whole Comic Con scene.


I love meeting people who I’ve been friends with for years in person. It’s so awesome. It felt like we were long lost best friends.


And yes, it was quite the adventure.


But it ended well with a pretty pricey petty cab ride and Joaquin asking for a “high five”. Good stuff.




I was up at 4:45 am to pack what I could this morning. I know I have a race outfit. That’s about the only thing I’m certain of at the moment. Nice.

I had this smoothie on the way to the airport. It was definitely not my best.


(In the mix- kale, egg whites, frozen strawberries, frozen banana, instant coffee and cocoa powder.)

I just gobbled down this delicious SunButter and coconut butter sandwich with cinnamon on the plane.




Obviously everyone does different things, and really, I’m really not one to give advice, but here are some things I try to do before a marathon. I’m sure I would do things differently if I was really going for a big PR or something, but here are a few things I really try to make happen leading up to a race.

- Sleep. Yes, I’ve learned the hard way and getting enough sleep leading up to a race is so important. They say it’s the night before the pre-race night that really matters. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep the night before a race with race nerves and everything, so I use a couple days before to try to really get enough shut eye. (Unfortunately someone had other plans this week, but oh well.)

- Limit strength training. They advise not doing strength training or doing hard workouts or running up hills the week before. I don’t really follow these rules, but I do try to take things easier than normal.

- Vitamins. I take vitamins daily, but make sure I don’t forget to take them leading up to a race. I make sure not to change anything up or add anything new into the mix. I’ve written about the supplements I take, but it was 2 years ago when I first ran this same marathon when I started taking CocoaVia on a daily basis.

There’s just something about their cocoa flavanols that keeps me going. Not all cocoa is created equal friends. Gotta go for the favanols.





- Hydrate. To be honest, I’m actually a little worried about this one since I got so dehydrated at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon last month. I try to make sure to be drinking enough water throughout the day for a couple days. I didn’t do that last time and that didn’t work out so well. I’ve been adding some Emergen-C in the mix lately too.

- Carbs. I eat more carbs, especially the two days before a race. This time around it’s more whole grain bread in the form of French Toast and sandwiches. My body always craves more carbs before a race. I think it knows it’s going to need them. I remember a running coach once telling me that you want your body to be oozing carbs at the beginning of a marathon. I try to keep that in mind.

There has been a lot of this going down. (Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pane bread topped with SunButter and defrosted strawberries. Yum.

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Okay, whelp, flight time is done.

Those are my main adjustments I do. I’m not a professional and ones of these days I’ll follow all the rules, but just wanted to share what I do. It’s always fun for my to read what others do so thought I’ give it a shot.

If you really want advice from the professionals, you should check out these articles from Run Competitor. They know what they’re talking about.


What to do the Week Before Your Marathon or Half Marathon

The 48 Hour Countdown

See you in San Fran!


Have you ever been to Comic Con?

What do you do before a race?

Do you do anything differently the days before racing?

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  1. 1
    Kim says:

    Good luck and have a great time!!! Hopefully you will actually get a good night’s sleep tonight!!!

  2. 2

    Good luck! I haven’t run a marathon (and have no plans to do so either lol) but I do run halfs. In the days leading up, I stop strength training, keep runs a bit shorter and make sure to take a full rest day two days before the race. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes (as usual actually) extra bananas, extra water and watermelon. I find the watermelon to be super hydrating, beyond what regular water can do for me.

  3. 3
    Sam says:

    Those pictures from ComicCon are great! That looks like such a blast! I had never heard that you’re supposed to stop strength training before a race, good info to have, thanks! I go by the theory that it’s probably best to not disrupt my life too much or try anything crazy-new in the days before a race, so I try to stick with my routines, while tamping down my mileage. That usually includes strength-training, though, so maybe I’ll stop that next time and see what happens. I usually swim the day before a race, try to hydrate, maximize carbs, and try not to drive myself absolutely insane with taper-crazed-stress-neuroses. I’m really good at the eating bananas and carbs part, and awful at the not being neurotic part. Go figure.

    Good luck!

  4. 4
    Mari says:

    Good luck!
    Have an amazing race! I’ve never run and marathoner and surely never will. Enjoy SF! So many good places to eat but 2 of my favs r woodhouse fish company (no reservations:() and upcider. Both would be fine for kids. Upcider amazing food and wine and beer (I’m a wine girl).
    Have fun!

  5. 5
    lindsay says:

    i love you all!!!!!

  6. 6
    natasha says:

    Enjoy San Fran…I’ve got to get there especially since my 93 yr. old aunt lives nearby and she is still full of energy and promises to “entertain” me (:

    Comic Con has always freaked me out…I’m not into that whole scene and even as a kid was weirded out but then again I was always into “real” things….animals, humans…well except for my Sat. morning obsession with the Smurfs and other cartoons!


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