Marathon Prep & Race Day Tips from Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health 

Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health is honored once again to be the Official Medical and Hospital Provider for the Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon. Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health specialists and A1A marathon co-directors, Leonardo Oliveira, MD and Farah Tejpar, MD share prep and race day health tips. 

1. Don’t start anything new – that means, shirt, short, shoes, routines, foods, apparel on race day. Race day is for you to do everything you practiced during the training season. 

2. It is normal to get excited at the start and push yourself hard that can wear you out affecting your ability to reach your goal. Pace yourself. It is better to improve your time at every mile and have sufficient energy for the last strides. 

3. Drink to thirst and in small amounts. 

4. Dress appropriately for the race day. Generally it is cooler when it starts and it warms up during the day. Have layers that you can remove as your run. Chose light colors and sweat-wicking materials. Cotton is not recommended for running. 

5. Familiarize yourself with the race course prior to race day to avoid any unexpected surprises. 

6. Start with dynamic exercises on race day, such as walking lunges and jumping jacks 

7. Avoid heavy meals on race day to prevent gastrointestinal (stomach) issues 

8. Enjoy the view as your run and keep your focus. You are close to your goal. 

9. You have worked hard for this day, don’t forget to have fun! 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Leonardo Oliveira, or Dr. Farah Tejpar, call 800.597.2037 or schedule online at 

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