Monday, September 3, 2018

Be Prepared for Anything on Race Day with This Tip

Have you ever signed up for a race, trained the way you thought the course was going to be (up hills, down hills, fast and flat etc), prepared for the weather, just to show up on race day and realize that you trained completely wrong? The course didn't end up being the way you expected, the weather wasn't ideal etc...There's a little trick to being prepared for anything on race day.

Along with being ready logistically (packet pick up, knowing where and when the buses are leaving, whos going to be there, etc) the trick to being prepared for anything on race day is to train for anything.  That sounds obvious and hard. But it's true. Here's a quick story to help you see what I mean. 

When I was training for my half marathon, I knew the race was "all downhill"  and that I needed to practice running downhill so that my legs were not going to melt into a puddle of jello by the end. (Or, you know, at least feel like it).  But I was a little bit stubborn about a few things in my training like not wanting to run the river train alone, and not wanting to drive too far to get my run in. I'd rather just start and end at home. This made focusing on downhills hard because in order to do the downhills I had to start my run with some long uphills. At first, I worried about this but come race day I was so extremely glad that I had run those uphills. Because although most of the race was downhill, there were some good uphills in there. And not that I know how everyone else trained for that race, but I knew that I had some good hills under my belt and I was able to run up those race day hills confidently and quick, using them to my advantage. If you train for something, even just a little bit, that isn't "supposed" to be on the race course and it ends up being part of it, you'll be ready.



Along with training for different surprises in the course, also train for different weather. Don't be scared to run in the rain, or snow, or heat, or any other kind of weather (so long as it's not dangerous) because you can't control the weather on race day, and maybe there will be some freak storm or heat wave that you weren't expecting. The first three miles of my race, I was wishing I had gloves. That being said, I knew it would warm up and it did.  But if it would have started raining in the middle of it, I would have been fine knowing that it probably wouldn't be bad enough for me to not finish.  I've run in the rain and snow before.  If you run in all weather, you'll be ready for any weather on race day (so long as you watch the weather a dress accordingly).

I think this is something that is super easy to do and simple, but it's also something that a lot of people don't think about. At least I know that I didn't! It's easy to get stuck in the mindset of training in certain conditions but if we allow ourselves to train for all of them, we will be ready for anything come race day.

Who's racing soon?

What is one race day tip that you can share?

7 comments:

  1. So important what you said about training in all types of weather. You never know what you'll get on race day, so that's one way to be prepared.

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  2. I have a half on Sept 23

    Be flexible about goals. Having fun is just as important as a PR.

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    1. Yes! Having fun is SO important. Thanks for adding that! I hope you have a great day and a great race coming up!

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  3. I agree that it's really important to train for all kinds of weather because you just never know what race day will bring.

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  4. I would also add train outside at least some of the time. A lot of people train on treadmills (not me, LOL) because that's what their schedules/lifestyle allows. Granted, the 'mill can help with speedwork, and can kind of simulate hills...but it cannot mimic bright sunshine, or humid wind, or air resistance.

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    1. Oh yes! I’ve done full training on the treadmill once and it won’t happen again. But it is really helpful with speed! Have a great day Kim!

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  5. Oh yes! I totally agree with this...I did Ironman Lake Placid in July and the weather was CRAZY!!! I was so glad that I had cycled a lot in wind and rain during my training.

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