Before we get to the better race tips, I want to announce the winner of the Nathan Sports Visibility giveaway! Congratulations to Lisa!
Running a better race can mean different things to different people. For many, it is setting a new personal record (PR). Others want to feel good and stay strong through their event. Some want to just go out and have fun. Whatever running a better race means to you, here are some tips that will help you get to the finish line!
Race training programs are distance specific, as they should be. There are certain types of workouts that work great for a 5k, but would have little benefit if you were running a marathon. And vice versa.
There are some tried and true techniques and strategies though, that will help you run a better race at any distance.
9 Tips to Run a Better Race (at any distance)
Train specific to your race distance. Race training programs are distance specific, as they should be. There are certain types of workouts that work great for a 5k, but would have little benefit if you were running a marathon. And vice versa. You need to do the correct training that will help you build the specific strengths for the distance for which you are training.
Follow your training plan. There is a reason you have a plan. Whether you designed it yourself, or you hired a coach, or you found a plan on the internet, there are specific things you should be doing at each point in your training. Follow your training plan and you will run a better race.
Fuel for your training. Eat healthful, whole food and you will be more successful in your training. Food is fuel and it is what our bodies need to perform well. The days of filling up with fries and desserts after a run are long gone.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Staying hydrated will help you run better and recover faster. Drink fluids before, during and after your runs. On race day, top off your fluid tank a couple hours before your race starts, especially for longer distance races.
Start your training with (at least) two pairs of new shoes. Alternating shoes will help them last longer. Starting with new shoes will ensure that they will go the distance with you. You can choose two of the same model, or alternatively, select different styles of shoes that are specific to your training.
Study your race course. Take the time to check out the race course. Is it hilly? Are there lots of turns? Is it as flat as a pancake? Knowing these things will help you train correctly. If you have the opportunity, do some training runs on your course. That will help you in your race planning.
Fuel for your race. Even if you’re eating healthfully throughout your training, make sure to pay attention to what you eat in the days leading up to and the morning of your race. Stick with what you know. You don’t need to carbo load for shorter distances, but you might want to eat a higher concentration of carbs the last few days before a full or half marathon. Eat lightly the morning of your race, again sticking with what you know and have eaten before your runs.
Have a race plan. Your race plan develops during your training. As you train and learn what your goal pace feels like, you can create a plan to accomplish your goal. Know how fast you should be running at different points in your race. Then do it! One of the biggest mistakes that runners of all distances make is starting too fast. A plan will help you avoid this and help your run a better race.
Visualize success. Don’t allow negative thoughts to affect your race. You did the training, you are well fueled and hydrated! Imagine yourself crossing the finish line feeling great, at your goal time! Yes, you can do this!
What is your best race tip? How would you run a better race?
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