We have crosstraining lunch dates
* Look to the professionals to measure your feet & gait, etc. for shoes
* Hydrate the week of and day before your race – not just during. I’m not a Powerade/Gatorade fan so I usually use sugar-free hydration and E-caps (electrolyte tabs).
* Be sure to know where the bathrooms are on and off the course. On weekly runs I always have a plan and routing of going beforehand. In a race, I make sure to take breaks beforehand and to know where they are per the course map in case of emergencies on the course. I don’t want to end up on Google under “I sh*t myself in a race”. No bueno.
* Get in those training miles and stick to a plan. I believe in having a training plan. Whether you have a running coach like me, or can find one online, it’s best to get in those miles that are of varying degrees. For example, tempo runs and long runs…speedwork helps increase speed if that’s what you’re looking for. Also, doing those runs as they should be: don’t race your long run, it’s meant to be slow and steady.
* Know your body – know when to take a rest day – along with sticking to the plan comes roadblocks. If you’re sick or your body hurts and is telling you to rest, rest.
* Insert ‘training races’ before the big event. Smaller races help to get rid of those butterflies before the actual ‘big day’
* Accountability – meet up with others, track your runs, review progress. You paid for a race. You signed up on your own. Dedicate your training to being the best YOU you can be!
Disclaimer: While I am studying for my CPT exam, I am not a licensed running coach or personal trainer. These tips are solely based on my personal experience and are meant to come from my perspective only.
Half Marathoners – Any tips you’d share?
Future Half Marathoners – anything else you wonder about?