I try to scout the start/finish and any of the major trail intersections I can before the marathon run. I purchased a Garmin handheld GPS to which I uploaded the course through Theodore Roosevelt. This was VERY IMPORTANT. Had I not done that there would have been several places where I would have been terribly lost. I still need to learn how to properly navigate with a topographical map and compass but I've learned to take the GPS on all runs.

Here's how I look the day before. Watch the video of how I looked after...

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