If you’re starting to get into running races, it’s best to know the common mistakes that runners make during the race. When I started racing in 2012, I made a few of these mistakes. While it wasn’t a big deal, I wish somebody would’ve filled me in before I started racing. If you can avoid these mistakes, you’ll enjoy your race day much more!
1- You Don’t Warm Up Before Running
I’m always nervous before a race and I’ve forgotten how important it is to warm up prior to starting. Be sure to walk, jog in place or do some light plyometrics to warm up. It’s advised that runners don’t stretch before a race though. So jump around a little and walk around before you begin.
2- You Start Too Fast
If it’s your very first race, you’ll definitely start too fast. Try to hold back and pace yourself, even in the beginning. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement (especially when you Run Disney). Just remember to hold back a little bit so you don’t exhaust yourself in the beginning.
3- You Judge The Race Too Soon
Never judge a race by the first few miles. Your body is still getting warmed up and you’re still falling into your pace. If you feel sluggish in the first few miles, don’t judge the entire race off of those miles. You’ll start the race with a negative mind set that can cost you. Stay focused and positive- ignore those first few miles.
4- You Aren’t Mindful of Your Surroundings
Runner’s etiquette- it’s a thing! Don’t ignore the other runners that are nearby. Make sure you don’t stop fast if you’re running intervals and don’t run more than 2 people wide. If you stay mindful of the other runners, it’s safer for you and them.
5- You Don’t Stay Fueled
Everyone knows that it’s important to fuel prior to a race, but did you know that you need to re-fuel through the race? Use a fuel that will give you quick energy- like gels, gummy bears or pretzels. You’ll maintain your energy throughout the race if you fuel every hour or so.
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