You are going to run a marathon, but there’s a 5K race a day before the marathon race, you’re also thinking to attend as a shakeout. Is this recommended?
Well, doing a short, easy run the day before your marathon is certainly a good idea. Especially if you have been traveling, your legs will feel much better and more prepared if they have a chance to move a little before the main event. However, bear in mind that you should keep the 5K easy. Don’t get too pumped up by all the race vibes around you and don’t run fast. If you think this excitement might suck you in, find a more peaceful trail and run with your friends in a “non-race” environment. You probably spent months preparing for the marathon, so make sure that you save all of your competitive energy for the main event.