Your first marathon: 10 ways to make it matter

It is very easy to get carried away by the atmosphere at the start line, but start slow and take it one mile at a time

Runners cross the starting line of the Dublin half marathon in the Phoenix Park,  Dublin on September 20th. Photograph: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Runners cross the starting line of the Dublin half marathon in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on September 20th. Photograph: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

It is marathon week. The nerves are high and the legs are itching to get on the start line. Having run more than 40 marathons, I am often asked for my top tips for a good first marathon day.

1.Be grateful:

There are so many people who would love to be in your shoes. You are one of the lucky ones. Appreciate the fact that you can be at the start line ready to run.

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