Fall races are here! This is the time of year when most start to doubt their training plans, training partners, and get worried about their upcoming races. This is the time to see how well you have prepared yourself to take on the challenges you signed up for!
If you are behind on your training, make sure your "race" turns into a long run. If you have spent the time to follow a plan be sure to align everything to allow yourself to run towards your goal and achieve it!
Many of you have spent the last 2- 8 months training to run a marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k. It is through all you training runs that you learn about how your body reacts to different situations. You learn which gels, drinks or water you like, or more importantly, don't like. You have spent many hours either by yourelf or with training partners for moral support, to try new ideas, just to keep you motivated.
During the race here are a few tips to keep you motivated:
1. Stick to the plan - (now is not the time to try something new)
2. Try to run a negative split, if possible. (Start slow and speed up vs. too fast and crash)
3. Hydration and nutrition play HUGE roles in performance, don't forget!
4. Walk breaks may actually allow you to finish faster!
5. Smile for the cameras!
Look forward to seeing many smiling faces on race day.