I spent the bulk of last week in San Francisco. I had a great time running in Golden Gate Park, through Land’s End, past the Golden Gate Bridge, and more. A highlight of my trip was popping into one of our March Madness Sweet 16 stores, A Runner’s Mind, and joining their awesome community for their group run. Before we set off, resident coach Marathon Matt gave a talk on preparing for race day.
His talk was aimed at beginners, but one thing stuck out. He emphasized the importance of knowing your goal race’s course. He recommended studying the maps, the elevation charts, and, even better, training on your goal race course if you can.
Matt’s talk made me think of some of my best races. Some of them were run on courses I knew like the back of my hand and some were run on courses I hardly knew at all. And sometimes, I had terrible races on familiar courses because I always knew exactly where I was and I fixated on the hills or other challenging parts rather than staying in the moment. So I wanted to ask you: