This post was last updated on February 16, 2017\nWith May 6 just weeks away you\u2019re in the home stretch of your marathon training. Over the last few months you\u2019ve covered many miles and are feeling pretty good about your training. Now that we\u2019re into April it\u2019s time to prepare for race day and beyond.\n6. Race Day\nAfter months of training you\u2019ve finally arrived at The BIG Day! Today it\u2019s important to properly fuel and hydrate your body. Stick with the same food and drinks you\u2019ve been eating throughout training. Breakfast should be consumed at least two hours prior to the race. Plan to start hydrating when you wake up with at least 20 ounces of fluids and finish by one hour prior to the start. If you\u2019re a regular coffee drinker you can have a cup or two in addition to your water or sports drink.\nYou also will want to warm-up. Begin your warm-up 45 to 60 minutes before your start.\nIn order to ease any pre-race jitters and stresses check out the resources available through the Pittsburgh Marathon website, including parking, starting line maps, and gear check procedures.\nAlso, make sure you check out the official 2018 race day course.\n7. Post-Race Recovery\nCongratulations! You completed the Dick\u2019s Sports Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and are officially a Runner of Steel. After accomplishing such a feat it\u2019s natural to be exhausted and headed towards the couch. Our experts recommend the first thing you do before celebrating with friends is to keep moving. After running for hours your body will recover faster if the muscles have a chance to cool down.\nWhile you\u2019re moving around remember to hydrate. The race left your body dehydrated and you must first replace the lost electrolytes and carbohydrates. You can do this by consuming water or a sports drinks and a small snack. After a race of this length it\u2019s especially important to limit alcohol consumption.\nIn the days following try to get outside for a short run and consider signing up for a sports massage to treat your muscles!\nGood luck runners! We can\u2019t wait to hear how your race day experience turns out. Remember our medical staff will be on-site if you need anything.