Thirsty? Avoid These 6 Hydration Mistakes On Race Day

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Jan. 16, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM UTC
Don't skip the aid stations during longer races, but for races that last under an hour they're usually not necessary. Photo:

Using Caffeine Without A Prior Caffeine Fast

Caffeine boosts endurance performance by affecting brain chemistry in a way that lowers perceived exertion, or how hard it feels to run at a given pace. But it only works in those who are non-habituated to caffeine. If you’re a regular coffee drinker or user of caffeine in other forms, you must go caffeine-free for at least a week before a race to enjoy the performance-enhancing effect of taking caffeine on race morning.

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