After months of hard work, it can take just one little mistake to ruin a great race. Beyond the sage advice of “not starting too fast”, avoid the following five mistakes to have your best race ever.
Mistake 1: Forgetting Layers
Energy is wasted shivering before the start, so save it for the race by always bringing a few layers that you can toss when the start line approaches. Avoid tying anything around your waist, the extra material on your body will become frustrating as the miles progress and you begin to fatigue. Eliminate this stress by always having a throwaway pair of gloves and a shirt ready for any race. Cheap gloves are available at many running stores, or you could explore a local Salvation Army; consider it recycling since that’s likely where the clothes will end up after the start line anyway! In a pinch you can use garbage bags to keep warm and repel water if it’s raining!
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