Top-5 Race-Week Tips

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

5. Enjoy The Expo, But Not Too Much

The race expo is quite the experience. There’s so much to see, lots of food to sample and scores of interesting people to meet, but spending too much time on your feet the day before your biggest race of the year isn’t the soundest strategy for success. If the race is on Sunday, try to get into town on Friday, enjoy the expo experience for all that it has to offer and then get out of dodge. If Saturday is your only option, grab your race packet, scope out the scene for a bit and then get off your feet and relax for the rest of the day.

And in the end, remember that surviving race week comes down to trusting your training. Running the race itself is just a reward for all the hard work you’ve put in since you decided to sign up for this event many months ago. Don’t let those deceiving doubts take away from the enjoyment of the experience. Develop a pre-race plan, execute it to the best of your ability and have the confidence that you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll on race day. [sig:MarioFraioli]

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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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