The 5 Biggest Marathoning Mistakes

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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