I can give some solid advice. Here you go: 1. Start SLOW, REALLY concentrate on starting slow. 2. Plan out the route before you begin the race. Know where the water stops will be and try to remember your training runs and how often you stopped for fluid and use that same plan. 3. Run your own race. 4. Rest the day before, really rest, lay around, drink plenty of fluids. 5. Lay out your running gear the night before, carbo load the day before the race. 6. Eat what you have been eating the morning before the race, nothing new. 7. Use the restroom before the race and limit fluids to one half to one hour before the race. 8. Know how to get to the start of the race, traffic control. You'll be nervous enough without having to worry about arriving on time. 9. Use body glide or similar before the race. 10. Pace yourself for 26.2 miles, don't try and make up time within one mile if running under your pace at the start of the race, you'll have time. 11.Last, but not least, take it ALL in, enjoy yourself and I will quote something that was told to me on mile 20 of my first marathon, "The pain you might be feeling now will not last long, but the feeling of finishing will last forever". Just remember those words and good luck.
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