Insider Marathon Secrets Told: 3 Tips for an Epic Race Day

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In this episode, you will learn the top three tips that we think a person new and even experienced to the marathon should focus on that they usually don’t.

I have a saying, the marathon isn’t twice as hard as a half marathon. It is 2 to the 2nd power. It’s exponentially harder, so that’s four times harder than a marathon. I got exclusive insider info from James Constantine, the digital marketing manager for PONT3, who delivered the event on behalf of the Sydney Marathon. If you don’t live in Australia, you probably may not know that they are now a candidate for the Abbott’s World Marathon Major Series, and if chosen, would be the seventh one.

There are so many reasons why this is exciting, and not to mention, I live in Sydney, Australia, I have been for 12 years, so all my running friends from around the world might come and see me versus me going out to see them. While James is a sporting event marketing wizard, he’s also deeply involved in the running community here in Sydney, Australia. I literally see him everywhere. So much so that he just won his latest half marathon and posted a super speedy time at one hour and 17 minutes.

We focus on the top three things that new and experienced marathon runners should prioritize but often overlook. Our first point emphasizes the importance of appreciating the experience beyond just tracking time. The Sydney Marathon is highlighted as an example of a race that goes beyond being a mere competition, with its iconic route across the Harbour Bridge and finish line at the Sydney Opera House. Our second point discusses the remarkable growth and success of the Sydney Marathon, which has significantly increased participation. Lastly, insights from the race director, Wayne Larden, highlight how the event showcases the best runners in the world and inspires people of all ages to take up marathon running.


  • [00:00:09] Appreciating everything outside your watch.
  • [00:04:15] The best parts of the 2023 Sydney Marathon
  • [00:08:48] Marathon tips for newbies.
  • [00:11:57] Authentic touch points with runners.
  • [00:13:30] Seven plus hour marathons.
  • [00:16:11] Marathon times and respect.
  • [00:19:45] Closing roads for major events.
  • [00:23:29] Frustrations with the marathon.
  • [00:26:26] Guaranteed world major spot in 2025 if you race 2024 Sydney Marathon
  • [00:31:25] Favorite run or workout.
  • [00:34:06] Sydney Marathon’s positive impact.

So you’ve made the bold decision to take on the ultimate challenge: running a marathon. Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned runner looking to conquer your first 26.2 miles, fear not! I’ve got some insider tips to help you crush the race with a big ol’ grin on your face. Let’s dive right in and unleash your inner marathon warrior!

Appreciate the Journey, Not Just the Time

When it comes to marathon training, it’s easy to get fixated on those pesky numbers. But here’s the scoop, my friend: there’s a whole lot more to this adventure than just your trusty stopwatch. It’s time to embrace the full experience, from the crack of dawn training runs to the electrifying moment of triumph as you cross that glorious finish line. Believe me, a marathon is not just a run; it’s a joyous celebration of your unwavering dedication and indomitable spirit. Soak up the infectious atmosphere, revel in the cheers of the exuberant crowd, and let the entire experience fuel your inner fire.

Attention to Detail: Your Secret Weapon

Now, let’s chat about the nitty-gritty details that can make all the difference in your marathon quest. As a runner, you’ve got unique needs and concerns, my friend. It’s crucial to give them the utmost attention and care. Seek out a meticulously tailored training plan that caters to your individual abilities and ambitious goals. Don’t go it alone, though! Join a vibrant running community to find unwavering support, camaraderie, and some seriously rad running buddies. And hey, let’s not forget about the unsung heroes of your marathon journey: nutrition and hydration. These seemingly small factors can wield a mighty impact on race day. So, pay heed to every little touchpoint along your marathon odyssey, and watch as you set yourself up for glorious success.

Unexpected Victories: Defying Your Limits

Hear me out: running a marathon is about more than just flexing your physical prowess; it’s an epic battle of willpower that stretches far beyond the realms of mere muscle. Wrap your head around this mind-boggling fact: countless marathoners never, ever imagined themselves as runners, let alone marathon conquerors. So, relish in every single step you take on this awe-inspiring journey. Embrace the exhilarating challenges that come your way and celebrate even the tiniest victories, for they are the building blocks of your monumental achievement. Remember, my friend, you’re not just running a race; you’re proving to yourself that you’re capable of scaling unimaginable heights.

Sydney Marathon: A Dream Worth Pursuing

Picture this: you, striding across the majestic Harbour Bridge, the iconic Sydney Opera House grinning at you from behind. It’s an awe-inspiring, breathtaking experience that will leave you utterly awe-struck.

But wait, there’s more! The Sydney Marathon is more than just a run; it’s a vibrant, pulsating community that envelops you with open arms. From meticulously designed training plans to the tight-knit run clubs, you’ll discover a support system that’ll keep you motivated, inspired, and ready to conquer any hurdle that comes your way. And here’s the icing on the cake: the event organizers leave no stone unturned in ensuring every tiny detail is carefully orchestrated, creating an exceptional experience that will leave you craving for more.

Final Thoughts: The Journey Begins

Whether you’re a fresh-faced newbie or a seasoned athlete, the marathon adventure eagerly awaits your arrival. Embrace the exhilarating rollercoaster ride that lies ahead, savor every exhilarating moment, and don’t forget to sprinkle in a healthy dose of laughter along the way. A marathon isn’t just about that flashy finish line; it’s about the unforgettable memories you’ll forge, the lifelong friendships you’ll nurture, and the awe-inspiring personal growth you’ll experience.

Train smart, race easy.

Links & Learnings

Watch on youtube and read quick summary on the blog

James Constantine Instagram

Sydney Marathon

Abbot World Majors

Pont 3

2023 Marathon recap epic video

DLake Instagram