20 weeks to go until April 1-2, 2017, when the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh race weekend kicks off. To help runners prepare, we sought advice from Competitor.com, the Official Magazine of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, to help you prepare for race day success.
Most runners end a race in one of three ways: complete burn out, a mediocre performance, or a major personal best. Depending on your last performance, you may be tempted to over exert yourself in search of of toppling your last PR. Contrarily, a sub-par performance may leave you also pushing yourself to the limit.
In either scenario, your body needs rest, which is where the Top 10 Off-Season Tips for Runners comes in to aid you prepare for success to run long and strong.
Tip #1: Ask yourself, “Why do I run?”
Answers can range from improving personal health, a way to release life’s stresses, to winning a championship and more. There is no wrong answer. The goal here is to simply define why you run.
Tip #4: Educate yourself
“Never do a workout if your coach cannot explain the purpose of the workout. The explanation does not have to be complicated. For example, if your coach requires you to do a long run every Sunday and you ask, ‘Why?’ His or her response may simply be, ‘You need a big engine to run a marathon.’ ”
Also make time to read a few running books so you can go beyond questioning your workouts by also participating in the conversation about them.
Similarly, educate yourself on hydration, pace, form and recovery.
Tip #7: Get a blood test
It’s important to know your deficiencies. Working out 10x harder than your training buddy will only result in complete burnout if your iron is low and you don’t know it. Such tests take minutes and save you lots of time and energy on and off the track.
These are just a few of the Top 10 Off-Season Tips for Runners. Be sure to visit Competitor.com here to read the full article.
Make time to incorporate these tips into your training regimen today, 20 weeks out, to prepare for success at the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!