Similar to its contestants, we can see the Toronto Marathon coming just around the corner, and this is only the beginning of all of the spring and summer marathons yet to come. It’s simple to Google what dietary and training preparation goes into a marathon, but this still leaves newcomers asking, “Where do I start?” The answer is organization!

“Planning to run a marathon takes a lot of time and energy and for first-time runners, it can become stressful once they realize it’s not all just about the physical aspect of running,” says Samantha Kristoferson, Director of Membership for Professionals Organizers in Canada. “But starting early and using some simple organization techniques can reduce stress levels and allow first-time runners to enjoy the entire experience.

Make this running season a breeze with these foolproof, marathon preparation tips from Professional Organizers in Canada.

  1. Eat Right – this is the exciting part. What are the snacks, smoothies, and energy packed meals that are going to feed your body while your training. Get inspired by amazing athletes like Canadian Brendan Braziar who published cookbooks and videos.
  2. Plan Your Routes – Make your training beautiful! Explore the indoor and outdoor spaces that will surround you with empowerment while you’re training. You can use to see routes that others have already planned or make your own.
  3. Entertain Yourself – maybe you want to focus on the stuff your listening to instead of the potential noise you’ll find while you train. Get a set of good head phones and your favorite device and load it up with podcasts, music, motivational talks, or anything that floats your boat.
  4. Set Yourself Up For Success – get your gear (shoes, clothes, water) all ready the night before your planned training. If you consciously set it up ahead of time you’re already making the hardest part easier. We all know that it’s the getting started which is the hardest part, so cut that time in half and plan ahead.
  5. Before and After – No, it doesn’t have to be a picture of yourself. Consider journaling your thoughts and experiences as you embark on your training. Having this when you complete your race will be an amazing tool for reflection.

Staying organized in the lead-up to the marathon and on race day will help reduce stress and allow you to focus on what matters most, staying healthy and enjoying the run. If you need additional help find a professional organizer near you by visiting

About POC

Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) is a national registered non-profit association that provides education, business development tools and a code of ethics for all types of organizers across Canada. Currently representing over 500 Professional Organizers in more than 14 chapters nation-wide, POC’s mandate is to provide a supportive environment for members to learn, share ideas, network and exchange resources. POC also works to educate the public about the organizing industry and the benefits of working with a POC member.

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