Just like any performance—be it recital, concert, musical competition, etc.—needs dress rehearsal. In marathons we call this as a “simulator run”. It prepares the runner’s body and mind for the race.
How to be successful on race day? Schedule simulator run at least four to five weeks before the marathon. If you have access to race map online, download it, and familiarize yourself with the racecourse. Timeliness is important. If race day starts at 4AM, then, do it same time during the simulator run. Be observant. Ask the organizer where would be the distance markers be placed so you’ll have an idea what to expect on race day itself. Most importantly, stay on pace. It means, run at your goal race pace. If your target is, say, 4 hours and 30 minutes (4:30) try to stay on that pace.
Official Distance for a Marathon
42.195 kilometers or 26 miles 385 yards, or exactly 267⁄32 miles
Fastest Time, World Record for a Marathon (Men)
2:03.59 Haile Gebrselassie( Ethiopia), Berlin Marathon, 28 Sept. 2008
Fastest Time, World Record for a Marathon (Women)
2:15.25 Paula Radcliffe (Great Britain), London Marathon, 13 Apr. 2003
World Record for a Half Marathon (Men)
58:33 Samuel Wanjiru (Kenya), Netherlands, 17 Mar. 2007
World Record for a Half Marathon (Women)
1:06.25 Lornah Kiplagat (Netherlands), Italy, 14 Oct. 2007