The 5 Biggest Marathoning Mistakes

  • By Sabrina Grotewold
  • Published Sep. 9, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM UTC
It will do you no good to show up exhausted on the starting line.

3. Experimenting On Race Day

Race day is not the time to try new shoes or a new sports drink. Photo: Tim Mantoani

There’s a reason this statement has become a running cliche of sorts—because it’s true. The opportunity for testing new paces, nutrition, sports drinks, socks, racing flats or even a hat ended with your last long run. Stick to what you know and what you’ve tried during training so you can contemplate things you can’t control on race day, like the weather.

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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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