5. Run at Someone else’s Pace

Near the end of each race I do, I focus on a runner a couple feet ahead of me, and try to slowly catch them, then pass them by picking up my pace just a little bit. This is quite different than trying to match someone else’s pace from the start line. Even when you’re just doing your morning jog, it’s important to realize that we each have our own pace – mine is an unimpressive 10:30 mile – and that pace is natural. Yes, step it up on race day, but don’t try to match someone else, someone faster, from the get-go.