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Pre-Race Preparation

Posted Mar 08 2010 12:00am
Whether you are participating in a marathon or just preparing to race yourself against your best time, it is important to properly prepare. Without thoughtful groundwork you won’t be ready to make your best time and effort.

Make sure to set a realistic goal. Remember that the main purpose of running a marathon is to take part and achieve the finish, not necessarily come in first. Consider your best recent runs when setting a goal. Make sure you are realistic. It is easy enough in life to encounter failure without setting ourselves up for it.

Time your training to make sure that you will be at your peak performance on run day. You shouldn’t be training hard right up to the last minute. This is an exam you can’t “cram” for. Make sure to peak your hardest training about two weeks before your race in order to give your body time to recover and be ready for your best performance.

Know yourself. Some people find they perform best by running a few light miles the day before a race to keep the muscles limber and familiar with the feeling of running. However, some find they perform better on race day by taking the day before off or only walking a few miles. Try a “dry run” to get to know how your body reacts. Pay attention to your muscles!

Stick with a nutritional plan that is tried and true. This is what your body expects and will perform best with a solid well-known meal. Also, don’t eat foods that may be hard to digest, such as fried foods to too much roughage.

One of the most important aspects of taking for your peak to make sure you are familiar with your body and its needs. BOOTCAMP 619 provides not only excellent guidance for your exercise but also nutritional information to help your body achieve top performance levels.
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