Racing Tips For Runners

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced runner, here are some racing tips to get the most out of your next event. Like many things good racing takes preparation, practice and a bit of luck.

Some Planning:

Set your Goals

Maybe to finish, a specific time or placing. Consider your fitness, time to train, experience, any injuries, etc. Stick it on your mirror or fridge where you can read it each day.

Training to Race

Train on the surface you’re racing e.g. road, track, hills or cross country. Maybe it’s difficult to get to a track or you’re not a big fan of hills. The more familiar you are with the conditions the more confident you’ll feel on the day.

Homework

It’s a good idea to know the race course. Study the layout on the website, in any race pack information or speak to other runners. Check out the uphills, downhills, narrow sections, any tight corners or turnarounds, the start and finish areas. Try to run some of the course a few weeks or days before the race.

Facilities

You’ll also want to know where to find the restrooms, packet pick up, drop off gear, water stations and mile/KM markers.

Racing Shoes

Many runners like to race in light weight racing flats. Train in your racing flats a few times before race day.

Visualize

In the weeks leading up to your race try this racing tip. You only need 5-10 minutes in a quiet place to do this. Close your eyes, think and relax about how you want to race. Dream up your success. See yourself running strongly, feeling good, passing others, crossing the finish line, hitting that time, etc.

Tapering Try not to ignore this important racing tip. Cutting back your distance and speed in the 10-14 days before your race gives you fresh legs for racing. Many runners are reluctant to back off their training. They worry that they might put on weight or lose fitness. Relax, being well rested gives you the best chance of a good race.

Racing Tips on Getting Ready Remembering these racing tips in the week of your race will get you to the start line in good shape.

It’s normal to toss and turn the night before an important race. Try this racing tip, get a good nights sleep 2-3 nights before the race so you’ll be well rested.

Make an effort to keep off your feet the day before or have plenty of sitting breaks. Relax by elevating your legs above your heart for 10-15 minutes.

Food Have a few test runs before your event, so you’ll know what your stomach can tolerate. It’s not wise to eat unfamiliar food or drinks the night before or on race day.

Hydration For longer races and warmer conditions drink plenty of fluids in the days leading up to your race as well as on race day.

The night before get together your racing clothes, socks, shoes, hat, sunglasses, warm up gear, pin on your number, etc. You’ll save time and avoid any last minute panic searching.

Prepare Others If you need some quiet time before the race or like warming up alone, let those around you know beforehand. It’ll save you having any awkward conversations on the day.

Many runners like to race in light weight racing flats. Train in your racing flats a few times before race day.

In the weeks leading up to your race try this racing tip. Cutting back your distance and speed in the 10-14 days before your race gives you fresh legs for racing. Try this racing tip, get a good nights sleep 2-3 nights before the race so you’ll be well rested.

Posted by January 28, 2017 Category: Racing, Sports