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5 things marathon runners should do the day before a big race

14 September 2019 8:03 AM
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Endurance running consultant David Leith shares his expert advice on how runners should spend the 24 hours before race day.

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on Sunday will deliver a star-studded line up of top-level athletes.

Six men and eight women with IAAF Gold Label Status will be on the starting line to take on the on the 42.2km.

Read also: CT marathon: Kenya's Edwin Kibet Koech a strong contender for first place

But how should runners get themselves ready the day before a big race event?

Endurance running consultant David Leith says athletes should not be in a sitting position for too long as this may stiffen their muscles.

He suggests these five things for the 24 hours before race day:

  • Avoid long runs
  • Avoid sitting for long periods of time
  • Keep mobile
  • Do a few light exercises and stretches
  • Stay relaxed

Mobilise the joints and do some dynamic stretches - not static stretching.

David Leith, Biokineticist and endurance running consultant - Sports Science Institute of SA

Listen to the discussion on Weekend Breakfast with Africa Melane:


14 September 2019 8:03 AM
Tags:
Race
Marathon
athletes
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2019 Cape Town Marathon
David Leith

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