# Run at a conversational pace by starting out slowly to conserve glycogen.
# Running at an easy pace reduces the possibility of incurring an injury.
# Stay loose by shaking out your arms and shoulders regularly.
# Carry your arms close to your waist or hips to conserve energy. Also avoid unnecessary arm swing, particularly laterally across the body.
# Realize that long runs will sometimes be difficult to complete and that you may experience some "bad patches" in the later miles. Persevering through these stretches will develop mental toughness, an essential skill that will be needed during the marathon.
# Use imagery, mental rehearsal/visualization, and self-talk to develop mental toughness. Mentally break the course into sections.