Thursday, October 4, 2012
A Race Tips Sheet from my Coach
TIPS FOR A GREAT FUN RUN
Get your race gear ready before race morning. Set everything out the night before so it’s ready to go.
Pin on your race bib (it goes in front) in a comfortable place. Be sure the pull tag can be easily removed. You might be shedding a layer or two of clothing during the race, so make sure the bib is pinned under those layers you’re likely to remove.
Don’t forget hat/gloves/sunglasses/sunblock/lip balm.
Make sure you use the restroom before you leave. Get there extra early if you think you might need one at the race. These portables often have big lines!
Eat and drink exactly what you usually do before a run. Don't try anything new. You don’t need any surprises!
There will likely be water stations on the race course, but BYO if this makes you more comfortable.
Make sure you give yourself time to warm up. You can park far away and use the walk to the race as your warm-up.
DO NOT GO OUT TOO FAST!!!
This is the hardest piece of advice to follow. It's difficult not to get caught up in all the excitement, but you'll be much happier if you stick with your own comfortable, usual pace. Put blinders on and don't focus on those around you.
Do your current run/walk workout.
· TAKE YOUR WALK BREAKS NO MATTER WHAT!
As Jeff Galloway preaches, walk early and often. This is how you get the most benefit from walk breaks. You'll feel fresh throughout the race and you won’t be dragging at the end.
Remember, you've done this workout during the week and it's easier at a fun-run since you're pumped up from the energizing atmosphere.
When you slow down for a walk break, move to the side of the road (preferably the right side). People coming up behind you are still moving and if you stop in front of them, the scene is set for a collision.
Use visualization - picture yourself running across the finish line with your friends and family cheering you on. This always works for me!
Begin running as you near the finish line, even if you’re in the midst of a walk break. It’s so much fun to surge through the chute looking good for the cameras!
SMILE AND HAVE FUN!!!
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