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Top-5 Race-Week Tips

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 7, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM UTC

3. Wake Up Early

If you’re not an early bird already, learn to be before experiencing a rude awakening on race morning. Since you’ll be off and running at around 7 o’clock and you need to be at the start line much earlier than that, you’ll want to know what it’s like to be out of bed well before the break of dawn. The last thing you want to do on race day is be rushing around with only seconds to spare, so give yourself plenty of time to wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast and get to the start line.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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