“The most common mistake I see in aspiring marathoners is thinking that if fast is good, then faster is better. Commit to your pacing from the beginning, regardless of how good you may feel by the energy surround race day. You may run 15 seconds faster per mile for the first few miles and feel amazing. However, at 18-20 miles, you’ll start losing minutes because of your decision to go out too fast from the start. Recognize what your runs are supposed to be and focus on those paces. Learning that will help you learn control and patience for the race itself.”
—Luke Humphrey is a professional runner and author of “Hanson’s Marathon Method.” As a two-time Olympic trials marathon qualifier and exercise physiologist, he currently coaches with Hanson’s Coaching Services.
As reported by Bethany Marzewski.