(HealthDay News) -- Marathons require months of training and preparation, but it's also important to take care of yourself during and just before the big race.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these reminders:

  • Make sure you eat properly and drink plenty of water.
  • Lubricate the skin on any places where you may develop chafing or blisters.
  • Dress in layers, so you can shed clothing as you get warmer during the race.
  • Warm up with the walk to the race site and/or some light stretching.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site.
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