How To Run Smart And Enjoy Your Race

Retweeted this yesterday:

“In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp.”  Via @runnersworld

Couldn’t emphasise any more on how true this is. On race day, you might be caught up in the adrenalin that is all around. Everyone is in a good mood and raring to go. The horns sounds and they start running. Fast. 

You feel yourself running faster than normal too and before you know it, you are out of breathe before the race is halfway done.

How do you avoid this?

Here’s How To Run Smart And Enjoy Your Race

First Half

Slow and steady wins the race

Don’t let your training go to waste and stick to your planned pace. I know it’s hard though when throngs of over zealous people blaze past you in the first few miles or so.

“Why is everyone so damn bloody fast?” You wonder.

Panic seeps in and you quicken your pace.

Here’s how to know how fast or slow you should go  by Jeff Galloway in an article featured in Runner’s World (which by the way, is one of my favourite resources)

In another article by the Globe and Mail, running too fast in the first mile can ruin your race and it’s really true!

Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Run your own race at your own pace.

Second half:

Here is where the fun begins. If you are still going strong, congrats.

If you feel like doing this and chances are you might..

You either pushed too fast too soon or a host of other reasons (which I can think of but am too lazy busy to list for now) Read these top 10 ways to finish your race strong

I am in favour of running no.5 – negative splits as I am truly a slow starter and get my mojo only during the second half.

The one thing in my mind that psyches me up and gives me enough energy to finish strong is that I tell myself, the faster I finish, the faster I get to rest! So walking is therefore not an option for me.

Works for me every time, you just need to find what motivates you!

Fail to train and you lose your dumpling!


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