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Steve Moneghetti’s top race day tips

The running legend shares some quick tips ahead of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

People running down a road in a race

Medibank is proud to once again partner with the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival this Sunday 15th October. We caught up with Australian running legend Steve Moneghetti for a few quick pointers.

Top three race day tips?

  1. Use public transport and get to the event early so you don’t waste any nervous energy that you could better use in the race itself.
  2. Find the location of ALL the toilets, especially the less obvious ones as the queues will be shorter there.
  3. Run and talk with people in the race as this takes your mind of your own situation and ensures you are not running too fast, because if you can hold a conversation then you are coping well.

How do you prepare the night before a race?

I have a big bowl of pasta with either tomato or pesto sauce; place all my gear out ready and go through my checklist so I am not rushing the next morning.

What do you eat the morning of the race?

Three pieces of toast with vegemite or jam and a cup of black tea two to three hours prior to race time.

How do you relax, recover and celebrate afterwards?

I catch up with my training buddies at our designated meeting point, ensure I am rehydrating with an electrolyte drink or chocolate milk, put my training clothes back on as I often get quite cold post event, and if I get a chance I will go for a little walk and stretch to help get the waste products and stiffness out of my legs. Believe me, you will thank me the next day!

Find out more and register for this year’s Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.

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