3 Common Mistakes Made on Race Day

Common Mistakes to Avoid on Race Day

Running shorter races in the build-up to your marathon is a great way to test your fitness, find out where you are, and get the butterflies out of your system!

These non-peak races allow us to get some of those race-day mistakes out of the way, so when the marathon comes, we are prepared for anything!

Samantha raced a 5k last weekend as a good race to sharpen up for her upcoming Atlantic City Marathon.  She ran into some of these issues and wants all of us to not have the same problems!

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Here’s what runners can do to eliminate some of those race day mistakes.

  1.  Go out too fast:

    The first 2-5 minutes of the race will make or break the race. Run too fast and you’re sure to run out of steam. Go out too slow and you’ll be playing catch up the entire race.

  2. New gear:

    Wearing new clothes or shoes is a recipe for potential disaster.  When you don’t know where new shoes might rub, you can end up with blisters or worse.  If the clothes you wear sag or rub or are too big, you’re in for trouble too!

  3. Run at an odd time

    Not used to running at night? You’ll want to practice that.  Runners are creatures of habit, so when you are a night runner and you run in the morning, you might be a bit “off”. Do some runs at all times of the day to prepare your body for race day.

Samantha ran 22:20 for 5k which shows her fitness is coming along nicely for her October marathon.  She has a few other races coming up which will help her fine-tune her race day efforts.


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What race day mistakes have you made that you won’t make again?


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