The 5 Biggest Marathoning Mistakes

  • By Sabrina Grotewold
  • Published Sep. 9, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM UTC


Avoid these common mistakes and get the most out of yourself on race day.

Whether you’re training for your first marathon or your 25th, every runner faces anxiety about the 26.2-mile distance. So many variables, both in and out of a runner’s control, can dictate the type of experience and performance a runner has on race day. It’s true that we can’t do anything about things that are out of our control except manage our reactions to them, but there are many things that are within a marathoner’s control that can be determined long before race day dawns. Here’s a guide to help you avoid some of the most common marathon mistakes.

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Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold

Sabrina Grotewold is runner and editor based in southern California. Christened the Kitchen MacGyver by her husband, she’s determined to persuade people to eat their veggies.

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