You should be relaxing at home today, with your kit bag packed, race attire laid out and your rituals all organised. This is a perfect opportunity for you to mentally prepare - to breathe, reflect and relax.
You may run the marathon with your legs, but you also need a prepared mind for the demanding miles ahead.
Sports scientist, Chenelle Barber, says that runners should identify possible strategies to help cope with different situations which have the potential to arise on race day.
Current research suggests that learning to manage your self-talk is an effective strategy to apply when running for a prolonged distance. Self-talk is the ‘voice’ in your mind and controlling it can help minimise negative thoughts.
Repeating a variation of motivational and spiritual words or quotes will increase your ability to focus on the positive. For example, quotes you could repeat to yourself might include:
"Keep running, I will complete this"
"The harder the run, the better the victory"
"I can do this, I am feeling confident"
"I am trained and prepared, it will pay off"
What's your motivational quote for race day?