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Published May 09 2011

Wagner: Last few weeks before marathon a time to prepare

Odds are you’ve seen it all this spring. If you’re getting ready for the Fargo Marathon, you’ve run through snow, rain, spring flooding and wind.

Those are the usual hazards of living an outdoors lifestyle in the Great North.

Along the way, you might have encountered ups and downs in training, cravings for comfort foods, self-doubt, injury or a combination of our sport’s idiosyncrasies.

If you are going to be among the 20,000-plus runners participating in the Fargo Marathon events, you’re most likely into the dreaded taper phase and facing shorter daily runs as race day approaches.

The goal should be to wake up race morning both energetic and relaxed. You want to have all the details addressed so you show up at the Fargodome ready to carry out your race plan.

So now’s a good time to go over all those final details, from what your workouts will look like during the next 12 days, if you need to tweak any race day necessities such as which socks to wear or fuel to use during the run, and which strategies to execute during your event.

If you’ve done your part in training, it’s a matter of managing pre-race anxieties and making sure you’re ready to run your best. If you haven’t been as dedicated to training as you had hoped, now is a good time to set some realistic goals and plan to enjoy the event as an experience.

Marathons are one of the few truly inspirational and positive events we can count on. The runners are excited, energetic and positive. There’s lots of camaraderie. Spectators turn out to cheer on friends and strangers alike.

There are few things that can compare to a well-organized and designed marathon.

And with live bands, a good course and the running events – from the 5K to the marathon – expected to sell out this week, this year’s Fargo Marathon is setting up to be the best yet.

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Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at swagner@forumcomm.com.