I planned to be in Kalamazoo by now, but so far, my day has involved two canceled flights.  If my flight gets canceled one more time, I’m going to be forced to drive (without my luggage) to Kalamazoo to make it to my presentation on time.


I contemplated this lovely fact while eating a delicious veggie cream cheese bagel and salad from Einstein’s.



At least lunch was good!


During some downtime this morning, I was reading a Runner’s World blog post about figuring out what went wrong during a bad race.  This is very, very important, as it helps you prevent race mistakes in the future!  Plus, sometimes ‘what went wrong’ was outside personal control, which always makes me feel better about a crappy race.


I thought I’d list some of the mistakes that I’ve made during races!  Hopefully, others can learn from them.


RACE:  Wildman Olympic Triathlon


What Went Wrong:  I only trained in a pool, never entering a lake, which induced a major panic attack in the water during the swim.  I was uncomfortable in my wetsuit and nervous.  Being in unfamiliar territory only made it worse.


Lesson Learned: Recreate race-day conditions as much as possible.  Trail race?  Train on the trail.  Triathlon?  Get in the lake.  Evening race?  Run at night.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.


RACE:  Forest Run 10K

What Went Wrong:  Drank something new (Gatorade) during the race instead of drinking what I was used to (water).  As a result, I crossed the finish line and promptly vomited on the feet of a volunteer.  I felt so terrible for puking on her, but it really could not have been helped.


Lesson Learned:  Never eat or drink anything new during the race.  Bring your own supplies if you have a sensitive stomach.


RACE:  Miracle Miles 15K


What Went Wrong:  Ignoring my own poor training and the hot weather conditions, I strove to maintain a 9:00-mile for the first half of the race, and my pace ended up collapsing at the end.


Lesson Learned:  If you didn’t train for a specific pace and distance, don’t expect to be able to do it on race day.  Most of us race a little faster than we train without problems, but I was expecting myself to make a huge jump – 10:30 to 9:00.  I was training for my first marathon at the time and thought the long distance training would benefit me.  It didn’t!  Also, this race taught me to adjust my expectations DURING the race.  It was much too hot for me to gun for a 1:25 15K.


RACE: Rock N Run 5K


What Went Wrong:  I pissed my pants at Mile 2.5.  Yes, really.  Like, down my leg.


Lesson Learned:  Pee immediately before the race starts.  And don’t try to make up for a week of crappy hydration the morning of the race.  Drink one or two glasses of water with breakfast – but no more.


RACE:  Freedom 5K


What Went Wrong:  First of all, I was wearing Bib #13.  Fail.  Secondly, I started off way, way too fast and ended up crashing and burning.  Lastly, I didn’t study the course map in advance and got lost because the course was poorly marked.


Lesson Learned:  Ask for a new bib if you’re #13.  Start off at a comfortable pace and work your way up.  And study the course map!


RACE:  Chickpea Masala 10K


What Went Wrong:  I was actually suppose to run a half marathon, but I ate spicy Indian food the night before my race and spent the morning puking my brains out… not racing.  I made up for it by running my own 10K later.


Lesson Learned:  Do not eat spicy Indian food the night before a race.  Stick to ‘safe’ foods like pasta without cheese.


What classic mistakes have you made during races?  What lessons have you learned?



  • cathy May 25, 2011, 1:45 pm

    ouch on the travel delay, caitlin – fingers crossed for you!
    my mistake was not DURING a race but AFTER.
    mistake: going for a run the day after racing a marathon.
    result: injury and being laid up 4-6 weeks.
    lesson learned: i am not superhuman. respect that racing takes a physical toll on your body and REST after pushing yourself!!

  • Lizzy @ runbakerace May 25, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Awesome post!!!! I had stomach problems during this year’s Disney Marathon and I learned that butter + me = many visits to the port o potties during the run. Never again do I eat butter the night before a marathon.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 25, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I’ve made a lot of mistakes during races, but the one I make the most is starting out wayyyyy too fast so I run out of steam. From my last half marathon, I was dying during the hills because I didn’t do any hill training. For my full marathon, I’m making sure to include hills in my training so it doesn’t happen again!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 25, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Ha ha… too funny.

    I have done the same thing trying to race faster than I trained just because I “felt good” that day. I have learned to stop doing that, but it plagued me for a long time.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 25, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Sorry Caitlin but this post made me laugh!!! I have had some terrible races and I have peed on myself (trying to pee in the woods!) at mile 3 during a 1/2 marathon. It was awful.

  • Carolyn L. May 25, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Thank you for this post. It was hilarious. Sorry for laughing at your expense!

    I don’t run, but I do kickbox. Let’s just say, I don’t suggest eating dinner shortly before a high-impact cardio workout.

  • Anne P May 25, 2011, 1:55 pm

    Oh man that Freedom 5k was SUCH a fail. I feel like we should run it again this fall just to make up for it! They emailed me to “save the date” for this fall’s, haha.

    Also, that chickpea masala picture equation had me LOL-ing. Yikes.


  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 25, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I wish I had enough race experience to have some feedback, but I prepped perfectly for my 5k- you would have thought it was a marathon- haha!

    Hopefully more races will be in my future.

    Hope Delta works this nonsense out for you soon!

  • Samantha Angela May 25, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Wetting your pants has to be the worst thing. That must have been terribly uncomfortable for the rest of the race eh?

  • Whitney May 25, 2011, 1:57 pm

    I don’t have any specific incidents but I do think it is all about trial and error what types of foods your body can handle before, during and after a race. I have finally just learned what doesn’t upset my stomach while running. It really is crazy (for some people) that food and weather can really dictate if you will have a good race or a bad race!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) May 25, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Interesting, same thing happened with Gatorade to me during a half marathon. Hadn’t tried it before, thought the extra calories would be smart. I hurled as soon as I got across the finish line, it made for AWESOME race pics.

    • Halley (Blunder Construction) May 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

      … and this is a grammatical questions. Is it “suppose to be” or “supposed to be”?? I just realized that I do not know what’s the right answer.

      • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 2:00 pm

        People always yell at me when I say supposed, so I think it’s suppose.

    • katie May 25, 2011, 2:25 pm

      i was going to send the same thing to caitlin! its definitely “I was supposed to go to the store” vs. “I suppose it could rain…”

      • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:38 am

        I am still confused. LOL.

        • Rachel @ No Need For Speed May 26, 2011, 9:27 am

          Katie’s examples are correct. “I WAS SUPPOSED” involves the past tense of “to be” plus the past participle of “to suppose” which is supposed. I was supposed/I am supposed are correct. Just think – if you are using a form of “to be” with “to suppose,” use the past participle, supposed.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Looks like some very valuable lessons learned!! I had to laugh at the whole pissing your pants bit!! I completely agree on the food and drink point – don’t try anything new that you haven’t tried before, and don’t come to the race just assuming that they’re going to have what you want to eat post-race to refuel. I like to arrive well stocked with plenty of nutritious post-race eats to enjoy later!

  • Erica May 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

    This post is a wealth of information! Great tips, as well as a good LOL-moment of the afternoon. Hope another flight comes along quickly, and you don’t have to drive.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 25, 2011, 2:00 pm

    As frustrating as those situations must have been at the time, at least you learned from them and hopefully can look back at laugh at some!

  • Molly @ the F-spot May 25, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Great tips! I just posted this week on race mistakes! I had a few equipment blunders at my last triathlon…

    Funny thing – I am trying to teach myself how to pee my pants on the bike and run! 🙂 It’s pretty critical for Half Ironman/Ironman distance races. I’m just not there yet.


  • Jamie May 25, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Add to that: Inferno garlic hot wings before a marathon relay. What was I thinking?! Lesson…not learned though…before my long run (11 miles) 2 weeks ago…white cream chicken lasagna at my best friends wedding the night before. I think my lesson is this: if you’re going to forget to eat right before a long run…bring toilet paper with you!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:38 am

      Inferno garlic hot wings – OMG.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 25, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Sorry your day has been so crazy. I hope your flight goes through. Great post. I’m sure that helps those that race at all.

  • Kelly @foodiefresh May 25, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I have actually never had a really bad race thanks to having a stomach made of steel (note: I did not say abs). The only real uncomfortable race I have experienced was my marathon, but my doctor is pretty sure I had some kind of weird bacteria that I couldn’t really do anything about. I’m knocking on wood as I type this that this is my one and only bad race…and it was even that bad.

  • Melissa May 25, 2011, 2:15 pm

    LMAO at the chickpea masala picture equation!!

  • leeann May 25, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Not a major fail-but dressing to warm for a race. It is hard in Colorado to pick out the right race day wear-especially during the winter/spring. I wore tights and long sleeves and wished for a tank top after mile 1 of a 7k.

  • Carolyn May 25, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Hands down, the funniest post.

    Hope you make it to K-Zoo. Stop for an Oberon from Bell’s Brewery!

    • Stephanie May 25, 2011, 3:15 pm

      I second the Oberon suggestion! I moved down to Florida and buy it anytime I see it down here (rarely…). A delicious way to get over the flight issues 🙂

  • Angela May 25, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Good luck getting to Kzoo—I live right outside of Detroit, and we have a huge line of storms coming in. It’s not a bad drive from the Detroit airport to Kalamazoo, just a straight shot down I-94 (no more than an hour and a half), but I think your flights will probably continue to get cancelled since the weather is so bad here today. If you need directions, help, anything, please email!! I know my way around this state. 🙂 Good luck!!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:38 am

      Aw you are so sweet. Thank you Angela!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales May 25, 2011, 2:29 pm

    Oh man, the puking up Indian food soudns horrible!!! That stuff is already so spicy when it goes down, I can’t imagine what that would feel like coming back up, bleh!

    I’ve actually have yet to have a “bad” race. I don’t race much, though… so that might be why. A bad fun-run I had was when it was super hot and I didn’t bring my fuelbelt/water with me. ALWAYS carry water in the summer!

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 25, 2011, 2:29 pm

    All of these “mistakes” are making me want to sign up for some races this summer! I’ve definitely undertrained for a race and also wasn’t prepared for the course, but overall I’ve felt pretty good about races. I’m definitely slow at everything I compete in so I don’t know that switching up sports drinks or eating something differently the day of the race would affect my performance – maybe I should check that out 🙂

  • Christine May 25, 2011, 2:30 pm

    My sophomore English class is taking a final right now and all promptly turned to stare when I groaned at the throwing up on the volunteer race. I was torn between that and laughing!

    I think my biggest lessons are with pacing, which is common. Running the first three miles at a pace that’s two minutes per mile faster than it should be is not smart.

    You’re handling the flight issues well… I’m mentally writing a mean letter to Delta on your behalf 😉

  • Tania May 25, 2011, 2:34 pm

    It is very encouraging to hear about running mishaps from great runners! Peeing myself is a huge fear that keeps me from entering races, now it seems like maybe its not as big of a deal as I thought!
    I did a backwards race that started in the rain. My husband lovingly pinned my number on my back thru my coat, long sleeve shirt, and bra. When I started to heat up I realized I couldn’t take my coat off. After losing several minutes trying, I ran the rest of the race looking like idiot with a cape!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:37 am

      Do it! You will have so much fun!

  • Veronica (Run Write Repeat) May 25, 2011, 2:39 pm

    Hope you get to Kalamazoo on time! I’m flying on Friday and booked a 45min layover, so I hope that doesn’t turn out to be a huge fail.
    My biggest race mistake was running when undernourished and injured. It resulted in overexertion and even more injuries. However, that race taught me a lot about myself and why I ran, and helped me form a better mindset about food and exercise. So I guess it turned into a win.

  • Susan May 25, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Well, from a recent 10K:

    Started the run with my car keys + two mini Clif bars (they were free! I had to take them!) zipped into rear pockets short. Started running – shorts started slipping. Ran the race clutching car keys in one hand, Clif bars in other.

    Lesson: Practice running with everything you could be carrying. Surprisingly, even though I’ve never run with anything in my hands, it wasn’t that bad. Helped me avoid clenching my fists at least!

    From the same run, around mile 2 started feeling like – “Gotta poop, gotta POOP!”. I avoided embarrassment by taking more walk breaks than I wanted to – for some reason that avoids premature…whatever you want to call it.

    Lesson: Practice running at multiple times during the day. This race was at 11, which was later than usual, so it might be that my body has a schedule, and was more easily disturbed at that time?

    Anyway, even with both issues, I PR’d, so call that a win.

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:37 am

      premature poopage!

      Good job on the pR!

  • Ali May 25, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I love how honest you are. You are a great writer and inspiration to many! Thanks!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:37 am

      Thank you Ali!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 25, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Nice post, you are soooo honest! I once wore shorts that were too big, so the entire half marathon I had to keep hiking them up. Not fun. I did PR though at 1:48, so I guess it didn’t change the race time. It was just super annoying!

  • Nicole May 25, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Sorry your planes are sucking. Love the explosion visual..it was LOL funny!

  • Ally May 25, 2011, 3:04 pm

    I’ve mostly had bad runs when it gets very hot out, not due to bad fueling…but sometimes I’ve drank too much water and have had to dash back to the house to pee!!! Not fun!

  • Hollie May 25, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Great tips!!
    LOL about number 13! My first daughter was born on the 13th (and it was a FRIDAY!) so now I like the number and think it is a positive! Still superstitious, though, I guess! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free May 25, 2011, 3:08 pm

    HAHAHA! I loved all of those! I hope you get to kalamazoo soon!

  • Freya May 25, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Ah I LOVED reading this! And reading your old recaps – your writing & photos have changed so much!
    My big mistake was eating too much during my marathon – 2 Clif bars, a PowerBar, Gu, sports drink….I had major stomach issues towards the end!

  • Courtney May 25, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Girl. I PEE ALL THE TIME WHILE RUNNING! my mom says its very common among runners, as well as #2. Its so annoying ad only a few of my friends have experienced it. I quite frankly think its kinda gross. I’ve never gone #2 while running but I have been on a 10 mole run and stopped for the bathroom twice!

    I have learned to NOT eat poptarts for lunch before a race. NEVER alfredo the night before either.

  • Michelle May 25, 2011, 3:20 pm


    I have learned…

    *You should not drink water all.day.long when you have a night race. I thought I was hydrating properly and I was just being stupid. (I peed 3 times before the race and still had to pee at mile 2 and mile 11)

    *Getting to a race too early is never a bad thing. Getting to a race exactly on time/late means getting stuck behind people – and that sucks (especially if there aren’t corrals).

    *Finally — hangovers and 10-mile training runs do NOT go hand in hand. They sound like they do though, don’t they??

  • Laurel May 25, 2011, 3:20 pm

    This made me laugh too–sorry! I’ve never had any bodily function malfunctions but I have definitely had undertraining/too hot/poor pacing issues. it think it is just a part of racing and learning from your mistakes 🙂

  • Colleen May 25, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I always drink coffee in the morning, but I didn’t the morning before my first 10K. Huge mistake. I had a raging headache by 15 minutes in!

  • Amanda (modernation) May 25, 2011, 3:31 pm

    These are hilarious in hindsight. My most recent race fail was this spring running a half marathon I wasn’t well trained for with a head cold. I was miserable the entire time and made myself even more sick. My first (and worst) race fail was in 2005 when I ran a Mud Run 10K without training at all and partying the night before. I was out of shape to begin with and then adding not training and dehydration, I wound up with a crippling cramp and had to drop out at mile 5 and be carried off the course by two Marines. So embarrassing.

  • Lindsey @ Morningstar Project May 25, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Not getting enough sleep can definitely affect my strength. For one race I stupidly went out to cookout with friends the night before which led to me having a couple of drinks…and I think we know where this is going. Lots of sleep, water, and carbs the day before is now my motto.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun May 25, 2011, 3:46 pm

    Since I’m still learning so much with running these are all great. I really learn a lot from others who have been there and share their experiences.

  • Julz May 25, 2011, 3:51 pm

    You’re coming to my hometown! Well at least I hope you can make it 🙂 There are crazy storms going on right now so that’s probably why there are delays.

  • Ashley (whole-ier) May 25, 2011, 4:07 pm

    great post. My (embarrassing) mistake was taking Immodium before my 1/2 marathon. It dehydrates you! I was so sick for the next 24 hours. It was scary.

  • Amy Ramos May 25, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Hey don’t knock lucky #13…. 🙂
    Sorry. I had to laugh at the Indian food thing.
    I remember one time husband and I wanted to try a new Chinese food place but it was before a 5K race and he had to remind me of not trying any new foods…I am glad he remembered!

  • Jin May 25, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I don’t remember if I have ever commented before but great post!!!! I just got back into running and I love it. Hopefully I’ll do some races in the future!

    Love from Toronto!

  • Shallin May 25, 2011, 4:22 pm

    My coworker needed a cheer up and this post made us BOTH laugh, and learn a little too! Question for you though – why all the delays? The crazy and tragic Midwest weather? I am flying into Charlotte on Friday!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:36 am

      I think it was a combo of mechanical issues and weather – boo! Hope your flight is better!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again May 25, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Sorry your flight was delayed, but I’m happy to hear you’re going to Kalamazoo! I went to college there, did my student teaching there, and just ran a marathon there 3 weeks ago. I hope you enjoy talking to the Girls on the Run group there 🙂

  • Heather May 25, 2011, 4:35 pm

    last friday before my saturday 5k, we ate dinner at a casino buffet where I stuffed my face. I ran an AWFUl race saturday, felt heavy and sluggish, awful!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 25, 2011, 4:36 pm

    HOLY COW!! Now I’m terrified I’m going to do one or ALL of these things. My first race is Memorial Day. Eeek!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:35 am

      haha you will do great 🙂

  • Amanda May 25, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Your “equation” is hilarious!

  • Christina May 25, 2011, 4:45 pm

    Ha! I actually read your original post about the masala incident and I vowed to never have any kind of spicy food before a race (or even for a run!!). I agree that you have to train for a race and also train your meals! Learn what works best for you before a run. I know I can have almonds but not salted peanuts. Something about peanuts just doesn’t sit well with me during runs.

  • Ashley @ the fit academic May 25, 2011, 4:56 pm

    yikes! Hope you make it to your presentation on time! So glad you posted these tips – it’s really helpful, especially since I’m doing a triathlon soon for the first time!! Open water = scary! : )

  • Running off the Reese's May 25, 2011, 5:09 pm

    This makes me feel so much more normal about my super fails. So crappy, but really funny… sorry.

  • Mary May 25, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I just LOL’ed at your chickpea masala picture. I remember you writing about it.

    I’ve made lots of mistakes on race days too, it’s fun sometimes to look back and reflect and decide what you can do better the next time 🙂

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:35 am

      Thats for reading all this time 🙂

  • Lindsey May 25, 2011, 5:24 pm

    This post is hilarious! We’ve all been there, right? Thanks for sharing.

  • Laurel May 25, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Once I got stuck in a bathroom line so long that, despite queueing up an hour before start time, I missed the race. I have no advice on how to prevent this from happening, but I have thought that wearing Depends on race day may not be such a bad idea.

  • katie @ KatieDid May 25, 2011, 5:50 pm

    love this post! I had an awful awful race when I was 15 years old. I had trained pretty well for a 10 mile road race but I never thought what I ate before affected me. So I proceeded to eat an ICE CREAM cone only hours before the race. It was well above 90 degrees with intense humidity that day, I forgot to bring my Ipod, and I barely drank any fluids during the race. Needless to say around mile 7 I started having AWFUL stomach issues and I had to run off the course to use my friends’ bathroom. Thank god her house was there cuz I was not going to make it any further. After about a 10 minute break there I somehow pulled it together to finish the race. I learned many many things form that race haha!

  • Kamaile May 25, 2011, 5:50 pm

    Replace chickpea masala with TOO much hummus but with the same outcome! This post made me crack up!

  • Diana @ My Little Part May 25, 2011, 6:03 pm

    13 is my lucky number! I’d love a #13 race bib!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 25, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, girl – you have learned some hard lessons! I have only run one race (a little 5K) and I learned that if you are going to run a race, even a small one, you should probably train for it. I finished in 35 minutes, and definitely did not run the whole thing. I basically sprinted balls to the walls for about 1-2 minutes, then walked, then sprinted, etc. etc..

  • Amy* May 25, 2011, 6:23 pm

    I always have to remind myself to run my own race. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of a race, and starting too fast can kill you at the end. I do my best to tune out the other runners so that I can get into my own zone.*

  • theorist May 25, 2011, 6:30 pm

    Honest and hilarious! Very much why I love this blog.

    Classic mistakes: too much or too little food or water before the race.

  • nrmrvrk May 25, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Why not do what Pro cyclists (a suspicious bunch themselves) do when they get assigned bib number 13: turn it upside down. I don’t know why they do it, but almost everyone you see in a race with #13 will have it upside down.



    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:35 am


  • Courtney May 25, 2011, 7:28 pm

    A great post 🙂

    also I just read your post on service jobs, and I laughed because I just got hired as a waitress today. Any advice? 🙂

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:34 am

      Keep a smile on your face and utilize the cold, blank stare for really mean customers. 🙂

  • Lauren May 25, 2011, 8:18 pm

    I love this post! You often don’t see this side of racing, just the good races. But every veteran runner knows what it’s like to have that occasional “off” race. It’s the only way you learn how to be a better runner, just like anything in life.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 25, 2011, 8:43 pm

    lol oh god these cracked me up! I love your honesty.

  • Kayla @ The Best Things May 25, 2011, 8:56 pm

    what an AWESOME post. I laughed out loud at the pee story. God bless your honesty! It makes me nervous for my own 5K coming up!!

  • lindsey May 25, 2011, 8:58 pm

    HAHAH dying about you peeing yourself.. sorry but that’s funny! 🙂

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:34 am

      It WAS funny LOL

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 25, 2011, 9:04 pm

    Hahaha this post was hilarious! Especially about peeing your pants and the Indian food! I’ll have to keep all this in mind for my first race! 😛

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 25, 2011, 9:40 pm

    This was a great post – I was laughing so hard. Thanks for the reminers and tips since I have a 10 mile race this weekend!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances May 25, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Such funny (and kinda terrible) stories — and yet you continue to run! That’s love right there. 🙂

  • Kaila @ Healthy Helper! May 25, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I love this! First of all you crack me up and it’s actually really informative! Chickpeas before race=bad idea. Dually noted. 🙂

  • Jolene May 25, 2011, 9:58 pm

    ~Hahaha~ Sorry to laugh at you but I adore your honesty, seriously I do! I tore the a tendon in my foot 2 days before the 5K (my first race evah!) and I still did the 5K but walked it….*sigh* I couldn’t have predicted that…it just literally SNAPPED. Took WEEEEKS to recover and a year out I’m still trying to get to where I can run again!

  • julia May 25, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I held in a ‘number 2″ for the last 11 miles of a marathon… yah that was fun! lol.

    Also, have been 5 minutes late to a race that wasn’t chip timed. That was a lesson learned! I arrive super early now!

    • Caitlin May 26, 2011, 6:26 am

      omg, 11 miles?! why didn’t you use a portapotty? didnt want to lose time (I totally understand that! LOL)

  • Khushboo May 26, 2011, 12:18 am

    Moral of the story: always try & test everything (training, fueling, etc) before race day! I’ve never raced but when I finally bite the bullet, these tips will surely come in handy!

  • Lorin May 26, 2011, 1:33 am

    I like this post! Although, if I got number 13, I would be very happy, it’s my favorite number.

  • Brittney May 26, 2011, 8:42 am

    Is it wrong that this post made me laugh out loud? Glad you’ve got most of you race kinks worked out. Should be smooth sailing from now on!!

  • Amber K May 26, 2011, 10:45 am

    Wow, who knew so many different things can go wrong? But you seem to take them all in stride 🙂

  • Lindsay May 26, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Love this post!! All such good lessons to share!!

  • Sam May 26, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the tips! My first race is in october so i could use all the pointers you got! LMAO about peeing your pants…I seriously thought that was going to happen to me today on my run!

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing May 27, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Thanks for this post! You had some great tips for a somewhat newby runner, like myself.

  • Niki (Running In Pink) May 29, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Thanks for making me literally laugh out loud for a few of these! 🙂

  • Lan November 19, 2011, 12:29 am

    Love how you keep it totally real on HTP!! Thanks for sharing all the lessons you’ve learned – the good, the bad and the ugly – with a good dose of humor thrown in. You’ve helped a lot of others to put their own mistakes into perspective or to avoid the common ones in the first place.

    • CaitlinHTP November 19, 2011, 9:19 am

      Thank you Lan 🙂

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