The night before my race, my dad and uncle spent two hours talking to me about everything I needed to know going into my first marathon. It would've been very helpful to internalize tips such as these with more than just a few hours to work with.
Great site to import calendars for race training! 5k, 10k, 1/2 and full marathons. needs distance, skill level, and race date. Spits out a file for Google Cal, Outlook, iCal, etc. with the exact training schedule. Great for OCD people like me!