Race Day Errors

We’ve got another great guest post by my running coach, Marc Pelerin, today! He’s super knowledgeable about running, which is why I invited him to write on my blog a couple times a month. I want him to share great information with you, whether you’re an experienced runner or just thinking about starting to run. Plus, he’s super fast, I mean look at these times:

  • 800 – 1:52 (2003)
  •  1,500 – 3:47.88 (2006)
  •  Mile – 4:08.53 (2004)
  •  3,000 – 8:19.68 (2004)
  •  5,000 – 14:17.99 (2006)
  •  8k (xc) – 24:07 (2004)
  •  10k (xc) – 31:08 (2004)
  •  10k (track) – 31:21 (2011)
  •  10k (road) – 31:26 (2010)
  •  10 mi – 52:13 (2010)
  •  13.1 – 1:10:19 (2010)

Read more about Coach Marc here.

Today he is going to talk about race day errors and how to avoid them. Enjoy the post!


Hey Super-Fans!

It seems that everyone these days loves to run – and why not – it’s so simple; requiring no equipment (save for shoes), and can be done anywhere. Because there are so many new runners out there, it’s important to go into a race prepared to run your best. Below are 3 of my top Race Day Errors and how you can overcome them!


1.  Going out fast

The longer the race, the more important it is to not go out faster than you’re capable of. The last miles of a half marathon or full marathon are hard enough, don’t make them harder by being flat out exhausted by the time you get to them. When you run too fast, too early, lots of not-so-good things come about. For starters, you put yourself in oxygen debt with lots of racing left to do. If you run your first half of the race a bit slower, you’ll feel great the second half, have great form, and finish speedy. It’s also not smart to go out fast because at the end of a race, you want to be the one passing people, not being passed.

2.  Trying something new

We all see that shiny new pair of shoes at the expo and think it’ll be a great idea to wear them for the first time. Don’t!  Whatever your race distance may be, don’t let race day be the first time you’re trying something. Whether it’s breakfast on race day, the clothes or shoes you’ll be racing in, or what you did the night before – try and keep to what’s tried and true and you know works. Blisters, chafing, and hangovers are not fun when you’re trying to race!

3. Not being prepared for the race

When you sign up for a race, know that to maximize your effort during the race, it takes much more than a few weeks of jogging to be considered “ready” to race. Do your best to log miles, cross train, and do strength training leading up to your race. When you show up to a race under-trained and under-prepared, you risk injury and poor race performances. If you’re not ready to run mileage, think about opting for a shorter race, or for putting in time to just train and hold off paying for races.


Do you have any tips or insider information that Coach Marc left off?  Tweet him @marcpelerin using #racedayerrors.

What would you add to this list?

Which of these are you guilty of? I always tend to start out fast in 5Ks!


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