Myth: Never wear anything new on race day
True! It may be alluring to buy a new outfit to debut on race day, but resist! You never know what is going to chafe, run, and cause blisters until you’re 10+ miles in. If you want to treat yourself before a big race make sure to do at least one long run in your new gear to test it out on the streets. There is nothing worse than chaffing at mile 20!
Myth: Be prepared to lose your toe nails
True/False! Through training for 10 half marathons and two fulls I have lost a total of zero toenails. Others aren’t so lucky. Much of this has to do with the way you hit the pavement and the types of shoes you wear. About halfway through your training you will have a sense of whether or not this will happen. If you think the culprit may be your shoes over your stride try doing a run analysis at a local running store. My go-to is the Nike+ Run Analysis which paired my perfectly with the LunarGlide 6.
Keep these myths in mind while preparing for your next distance race. Most of us are out there running for fun and fitness so don’t lose sight of that. Make sure to trust in your training. Kara Goucher said best “Racing is the fun part, it’s the reward for all the hard work.” You put in the work, now take the streets and celebrate.
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