25 Sep '12, 12am

RACE-DAY DISASTERS: Don't let them happen to you! How to avoid the most common ones:

Runners are planners. We pick races, plot strategies, and work hard for weeks–months! years!–to hit our goals. Yet too often, we fall apart on race day, hobbled by cramps, gutted by GI distress, slowed or sidelined by unforeseen demons. To help you avoid these experiences, five runners have shared their stories of race days gone bad (sometimes really bad). We then asked experts to analyze what went wrong so you don't meet the same fate. DISASTER: Hit the Wall Victim profile: Todd Senterfitt, Seattle, Washington Years running: 4 Ruined race: Seattle Marathon What happened: Senterfitt's midweek training runs never topped five miles due to work obligations, and in his final three weekend long runs, he cramped often (he sweats heavily). Marathon morning dawned cold and rainy. Senterfitt targeted a five-hour finish for the hilly course and took off at the gun. Feeling tired at ...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-239-582--14...

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