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8/4/10 9:19 P

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It rarely happens, but my mud run partner and I got out of the gate too slowly, allowing other racers to bog up the mile of creek, ranging from ankle deep to chin deep, so our time was easily made 15 minutes longer. We should have known many were just using it as a recreational charity event, but thought the matching tshirts of other teams meant they may be more serious.

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Not giving interval training a chance.

Not resting for part of the year, every runner should take 4-6 weeks off, makes for better healing and better training and health.

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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8/4/10 9:10 P

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Over dressing for cool race mornings (the weather and you will warm up very soon).

Not breathing, especially on trail runs. Becoming so obsessed with the technicality you're facing sets you up to forget about what's keeping you running, oxygen.

Thinking you're ready for a technical race because you've encountered the different components, but not all of them together. When mileage, hills, dirt, rocks and water meet on a trail run it's very different than a run in the park, long road run, hiking waterfalls, etc.

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." - Ben Franklin

A smile appeared upon her face as if she'd taken it directly from her handbag and pinned it there. -Loma Chandler

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Over-engineering my running gait. Never did it, and never had running injuries, until I decided I needed to tweak my style. Over-tweaked. Bottom line--I decided not to listen to my bod.

My perpetual mistake is not stretching and cooling down after a run.

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Volunteer at a race before June 2012!

Goal Winter & Spring 2012:
Develop an interesting cross-training routine that will be fun for my daughter to join in on.
10,000 steps/day whether running or walking.
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put my drivers license in my pocket so i didn't have to bring my whole wallet with me.. now its missing. :-(



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Some things not to do:

Put sunscreen on near your eyes or above your eyes--even so-called waterproof. I've been nearly blinded by my eyes watering profusely trying to flush out the sunscreen. It stings like crazy.

Dress too warmly for a race--better to be a bit cold starting out than to have to shed clothes or get overheated later.

Trusting the runner in front of you knows where he/she is going. I haven't done this, but I ran in two races where some people just followed the person in front of them and got taken off course and ended up back tracking and running additional distance.

Make a dead stop at the water station. Slow down, get your water and move out of the way so you don't block other runners.

Draft another racer too closely. You never know when someone is going to let loose with a snot rocket!



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Biggest mistakes/discoveries:

realizing I run better on my own without a partner (less pressure, easier to get into a rhythm)

finding out that indoor running is not my thing and counters any type of training I've done in the past, but outdoor running inspires me (changing scenery, new things to look at, feels less repetitive)

when in a race, recognizing that I am doing my own pace and to be realistic with goals (one general goal for a race is always to just improve - so positive even if it is just a ten second improvement)

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Thinking if I'd just SPRINT a bit after slowing down for a water stop or getting trapped behind slower runners, I'd make up for lost time & finish better... WRONG!!! Sprinting early on wears ya out & zaps your energy when ya need it most!

The age old mistake I've been a long time in learning!! Allowing the energy & excitement of a race atmosphere to take over my mind & body, making them start out way too fast when they both know better! Often have to give them a time out for that one!

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8/4/10 8:53 P

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my biggest running mistake
ignoring a tight hamstring... turns out it was my sciatic nerve protesting... listen to your body, and don't forget the importance of core strength exercises and cross training...

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8/4/10 8:52 P

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When I was doing one of my first races, I wanted to be early so I would have plenty of time to get settled, find parking etc. At that time I used to wear my everyday shoes and put my running shoes on when I got to the race. That day I got there and realized I had forgotten my running shoes. The ones I had on were not suitable for running any distance. Fortunately, because I was so early I had time to drive all the way back home and make it back to the race with about 5 minutes to spare. Now I always leave the house wearing my running shoes.

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Some of my bigger mistakes:
-Competitively jockeying for position in a race as a beginning runner.
-Bypassing the first water station because there were supposed to be LOTS more (NOT!).
-Not reminding someone to bring a camera to my first race :o(

Mistake OTHER people make that bugs me:
Sudden stops in the middle of the pack or not shoulder checking when the interval timer goes off and the walk interval begins. I really don't like plowing into people - I'm Canadian, I'm nice that way.

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If the finish line has a chute where runners have to line up single file to have their bib numbers checked, DO NOT enter the chute and come to a dead stop - my heart was pounding so hard I thought I was going to pass out.

The turtle only makes progress when it sticks its neck out. -James Bryant Conant

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8/4/10 8:27 P

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Keep your car key in a secure place.

If you don't have someone to hold it for you during the race, then make sure it's not going to fall out of your pocket. I dropped my key on the first mile of a 10K and felt like a total jerk stopping and backtracking to find it. People were calling out at me: "Wrong way!" How embarrassing!

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8/4/10 8:23 P

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Feeling bad about being passed by faster runners.

Jeni in NC.
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up. ~Dean Karnazes
Nothing changes if nothing changes. ~Tiago Kulaif
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. ~John Bingham
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Don't try ANYTHING new on race day or the few days before.
Don't eat a fiberous diet of salads and veggies the day before a race, yikes.

If your skinny, serious-athlete friend encourages you to carb-load on Fig Newtons the day before a 1/2 or tri- DON'T do it unless you've tried it at least once before a long run to make sure it's right for you or you could feel like you ate 100 lbs of bricks during race day.

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I have played Russian roulette with my pre-training run breakfasts..nothing I eat seems to mess with my stomach. I even carb loaded on a massive pan of nachos the night before my first half!

Strangely enough, my worst race mistake was failing to eat protein the morning of a race. It was a 10K and I was loopy from low blood sugar by the 3rd km!

My biggest pet peeve is slow people who line up near the front.

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Mistakes made/lessons learned:

Most of the ones that I was going to share I see others have already posted (e.g. don't go out too fast, etc.) So I'll share this one, which I suspect will be unique.

Don't eat Thai food the night before a long run.


Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.

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Oh, I forgot one more thing...

Always double check your laces are tied (even better, double tied!)...not fun having to stop during a good stride to re-tie your laces!! emoticon

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Mistakes made / lessons learned
1) Fuel- day before don't skip meals even if traveling no excuses plan ahead
2) Sleep,- never get a room near Ice Machine, bring ear plugs
3)Go Out Fast - ! force myself to run slower the first 5 & 10K of race
4) Allow more than 1 day for a destination race trip
5) eat the same breakfast on race day that worked for you on your long run training days dont try the new sport bar that came in your race goodie bag
6)when in doubt buy a new pair of shoes and always have 2 good pair to alternate between runs.
7) If your running buddy is faster/slower don't change your pace to be social meet up before & after run instead.
8) Glide wax stick for long runs/races is a must .... Ouch
9) lost my car key (I kept it in same fuel belt pouch as gel chews)
10) Don't let your Garmin rule every run listen to your body go by how you feel,
try and do at least 1 run per month without your device, it's a Freeing experience.

I'm looking to find the positive side to every experience, and thats the case when I've learned a lesson from each one.

cheers
John

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My only running injury was a failure to note the conditions of the surface of the road. It was not that the surface was bad, it was that, by design, there was a half in dip at the edge of the road to allow rain water to run off and into storm sewers. I ran a long slow run some where between 5 and 8 km with my left foot in the rain gutter and my right foot on the road. Next day I had a very sore back without knowing why. I discovered why when I started my next run. By moving 12 inches further out from the edge of the road I got both feet up on the level serface and no problem.

The moral is pay attention to the surface and pay attention to the little things your body is telling you before they become big things.

Edited by: PAPAMIKIE at: 8/4/2010 (20:14)
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I look back on all the obvious mistakes I've made, the pushing through the pain, the overtraining, the buying the wrong shoes, the cheap cotton socks that caused blisters, but I remember one that was plain stupidity on my part, I ran across US1, a busy road when the Do Not Walk sign just started blinking after I got 1 lane in. I almost got hit by a car in the turn lane who wasn't paying attention. See, the stupidity was the walk signs have count down timers. Shame on me!

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I'm not so sure this is a mistake, but the one thing I learned in all the time I ran was with regards to who you are racing. Once I realized that I wasn't really racing anyone ahead of me, but that I was racing ME and that little voice inside my head that kept telling me I couldn't go faster, or I that I needed to slow my pace because I couldn't possibly continue at the speed I was moving, I started seeing better times and winning divisions. The only person you are really racing is YOU...just run to do better than you did the last time. The races will be more enjoyable, and you'll see far more improvement.

Strong is what you have left when you've used up all your weak.

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For newbie runners, work on pace. Don't start out too fast (lactic acid build-up) will cause legs to lock.

For newbie runners, running their first 5k - If you need to slow down to pick up water at the hydration stations along the route, pinch the water cup closed half way like a funnel so you don't throw water all over your face and miss your mouth!

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I have learned that deciding to try out that new spicy chili recipe the night before a long run is not exactly the smartest idea. You might enjoy it while you're eating it, but when you're hunched over in pain 2.5 miles into your 6 mile run, you seriously regret that decision.

Edited by: SYLVIE_RUNS22 at: 8/4/2010 (19:49)
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right."

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With the hot and sunny weather here, I slather on the sunscreen and I wear a belt that holds a bottle of ice water. It is VERY important to put the ice in bottle BEFORE putting on the sunscreen. Oh, yummy!

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I did a race in the town where my parent's live and stayed overnight at their place. I realized that morning that I forgot my sports bra. I'm a size D so this was very bad. I did the race anyway but it was not pleasant and I actually had little cuts on my shoulders where the straps adjust.

Elise, Plainville, MA

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I knew it was a bad idea, but I wore brand new shoes on the day of a race and it was a half-marathon at that. The blisters were so bad, I could barely walk at the end of the race. Ouch!

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Gosh I don't even know where to begin with this:

Getting running ear buds so yours don't fall out of your ears with every bounce.

Wearing thick socks in 90 degree weather and running a half marathon means you get a half dollar size blood blister.

How do I say this without being gross? Blood dripping down your leg when you did not use enough padding on a long run and your time of the month.

Putting ice cubes in your fuel belt and listening to them clack the whole run till they melt. Just put the water in the fridge night before.

Getting a massage before a run, especially deep tissue.

Trying to keep up with the person next to you on the treadmill at the gym.

Signing up for a race only because they have good swag means you will be disappointed.

Forgetting to put on body glide to inner thighs means a short run.

Never open your mouth when you run at dusk next to a river unless you need the protein.

I could go on and on but will stop here.









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Forgetting to take toilet paper on a longer long run. Hey! You never know!!!!! Just a little dab will do ya!

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Buying shoes based on color or cuteness.

Eating two bowls of granola with milk and then going running half an hour later.

Wearing my camelbak upside down.




"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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Underestimating the heat.

Overestimating how good I felt after being sick for a few days.

My list could go on and on....When I think about it and all the mistakes I've made I'm pretty amazed that I've stuck with it and still love it.


"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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Not buying shoes big enough. Shoes should be at least a half size bigger to allow room for banging around and swelling, thicker socks, etc. In longer races like a half marathon up....a full size bigger will help prevent blisters, etc. :D





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Thinking that just because I am a runner that means I can run any race. I had been training for a half marathon but decided to enter a 50 meter sprint. My time was pretty good, but I strained my knee and was hobbling around for a few weeks afterward.

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Not leaving enough time to get to the race. I got lost on my way to a half marathon, and when I got to the parking lot the race was starting! I grabbed my bib, forgot my Garmin and Gu in the car, and ran across the start as the last person. I had to carry my bib because I hadn't pinned it on yet. As I crossed the finish line I had to unfold the bib as the announcer said "yes folks, she does have a bib! She is not a bandit!" LOL. Always do as much as possible the night before and leave more time than you think you need the morning of!

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Forgetting the gels and fuel you use on your training runs and end up with something you have no idea how your belly will deal with it

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I learned the hard way that we as runners must ~TRAIN TO RACE NOT RACE TO TRAIN!

I suffered not too long ago from a classic case of OVERTRAINING because I was running every run way too fast. Because I was doing this I was not allowing my body to adapt to the rigors of running and this was just increasing my injury chances to go up and never fully develop into a runner who can go out and run without worrying about times/pace/distance.

The day that a wise runner pointed this out to me, my whole outlook and my approach to running has changed. Since I changed my thinking, my running has progressed very nicely.

I am also learning that to TRAIN TO RACE NOT RACE TO TRAIN that we are building our body's glycogen storage system and WHY it is so important. If we run too fast we are draining our stores with each run and not allowing our fuel tanks to grow in order to sustain us through the longer runs yet to come in our training and ultimately for some of us...running a Half Marathon and/or Marathon.

Probably the most important skill I am learning is to simply TRUST THE PROCESS of training. We need to listen to our bodies as they are constantly sending us cues that we need to listen to in order to stay healthy while our bodies are going through the rigors of the constant challenges we put it through. If we listen and follow through, our bodies will adapt and strengthen allowing our running to go to the next level safely. THAT makes us HAPPY and GIDDY runners!

Edited by: LAURIE5658 at: 8/4/2010 (16:30)
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Letting the "experts" at the running store talk you into shoes that don't feel right. I once ended up in a pair of AA width trainers, when I typically wear a B width. One word, OUCH!

Eating (okay, over eating) spicy Indian food the night before a 15 mile run.

Running through pain, thus finishing the Portland Marathon with a tech shirt, medal, rose, tree, and stress fracture.

Not strength training enough, the stronger the core, the stronger a runner you will be.

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Not watching the weather forcast - had to run blind during a 5k when it rained buckets. I had no cap w/a visor and I had to take my glasses off b/c it was harder to see w/them on!

*Now I always watch the weather forcast & alway wear a cap w/a visor w/my glasses or contacts!!

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ANGIERUNNER just made me think of another one. That is not positioning yourself correctly in the starting pack. I have a tendency to underestimate myself relative to the field and have spent more than one race slowed down a lot while trying to weave through slower starters.

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These are mistakes I learned while training for and running half marathons and marathons (long races):

* Not using the bathroom before a race, even if you don't think you have to go, go, because when you are half way in a race and you really have to go you can't hold it in and you will pee on yourself! eww!
* Not stopping at water stations to try and make a better time, you won't get a good time
* Wear a completely new outfit for a race or long run, all I can say is I got blisters from the clothes, very painful! Test out the clothes before the event or a really long run to see how it wears on you!
* Eating a full meal right before a race, I ate three protein bars before a marathon because they where being handed out and where FREE, well around mile 7 I was throwing them up while running! Not fun! The free food before the race is usually for the people watching, eat the food after the race!
* Following other runners closely from behind, this makes them really made, like you are using them as a pacer and if they stop mid run there is no time for you to move and not fall, I have seen this happen in races
* Not listen to your body and doing just one more race, I got a very bad IT band and was out for running for 4 months because I wanted to do one more marathon that year ( totaling 4 for that year). It got so bad that I could barely walk!


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I also shared on the other forum, but I do have one to add (I talked about running my own race there)... it's very recent!

I learned last week that you have to think through everything when you change the time of day you run. I decided to move my run to the afternoon. I had dressed for the cloudy morning run before changing it and then it got really warm (for here anyway!!) and I ended up going out over dressed and under fueled. It was a late afternoon run so several hours after lunch - and didn't eath anything before going out. BIG mistake!! Lesson learned!

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I'm reasonably sure that I've made every possible mistake. Hoping that others are also in that position.
Just think, I could be the poster boy for how not to train.
Because I don't suffer from injuries or learn quickly, I continue to make the same mistakes over and over. Been running for 7 or 8 years. I know better, just don't change.

- Always in a hurry, and have little time, so I never warm up, just start running.
- I have only two speeds - On and Off. No LSD runs. Every run is short but pretty close to race speed.
- I often skip the cool down and stretch. At least I know why I'm stiff and sore....
- No schedule, no plan, no program
- I often run too soon after dinner.
- Don't belong to a group or club so no one to keep me accountable
- When racing I still start too fast. At least once I've gone out too slow and had an even slower time.
- Don't listen to my body, and run whenever I have time, not when I should.

- Not sure it's a mistake but I push myself very hard even though I'm and older guy. 60 but in great shape :)

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Not listening to my body.

Thinking if I was a "real runner" I would just push a little harder.


"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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- Starting out too fast
- Not stretching after a run
- Not staying hydrated
- Not fueling your body properly before, during and after a run
- Not listening to your body

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
-- Robert Schuller

Remember, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones that you did do.
-- Mark Twain


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Oh so many...

Going out too fast.
Starting in the wrong pace group(slower or faster).
Not giving enough travel time for a race.
Skipping water stops.
Stopping at too many water stops.
Forgetting to enjoy the race!

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On my first 5K, I picked up both my husband's and my race packet. I took the numbers out and put one on myself, handed him the other. Turns out, I mixed them up, so he had mine, I had his. It was a small local run, so no big deal, but it was funny that I placed near the top of my division (40+ women) according to the official race results. His race pace is 3 to 4 minutes faster per mile than mine, so he wasn't as thrilled about the mix up as me.

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GREAT idea, Nancy! There was a neat feature in the latest issue of Runner's World about mistakes people made before races. I think it really helps to know that you are not the only one who has made a mistake!

For me, one of the biggest mistakes I ever made was donating blood the week of a half marathon! Blood donation is a wonderful thing but an awful training tool!

I have also fallen prey to trying to make a new pair of shoes "work" just to salvage the cost, even if they are causing me unhappy runs!



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Thinking if some is good then more must be better in terms of speed, mileage, effort, everything.


"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Alice from Alice in Wonderland


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Nancy,

As I posted on the Master's board and I am sure others will chime in with, my mistake in general terms can be filed under the category of trying to do too much too fast. Also, ignoring (or being unaware of) the importance of rest. I have made the most progress in my running now that I have (hopefully) these things in balance.

Good luck with the article. Looking forward to reading it.

Lynn

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10K - 50:12 (3 races)
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Hiya Team!

A few weeks ago, John (AKA FreedomStar) posted a discussion on the master runner's board asking members to share the biggest running mistake with others.

I am looking at writing a future dailySpark.com blog regarding this very topic. So if you would not mind, I would love to hear some of the running mistakes you have made in the past. Note that you will be given credit on the blog if your mistake is used. PLEASE, keep them brief and try not to use something you know might embarrass yourself if others read it.

THANKS so much!

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
Nancy

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