The Secret Ingredient: A Shakeout Run

What Is A Shakeout Run?

A shakeout run is a very easy jog of 10 to 15 minutes the morning before your big race — think of it as a precursor to the actual warmup. Ideally, you’ll want to schedule your shakeout run about 2 to 2.5 hours before the start of the race. Usually, this will correspond to your scheduled wakeup time. Yes, I know it’s early, but for optimal performance, you need to be awake at least 2 to 2.5 hours before your race to be fully conscious and ready to run well.

As soon as you wake up, throw on your running gear, lace up the shoes, and start shuffling out the door. You shouldn’t be running hard on your shakeout run. The main goal is to get blood and oxygen flowing to the muscles, so a slow jog or shuffle is sufficient. Run easy for about 10 minutes, include some light stretching if you feel tight, and the return to the hotel to get in your pre-race meal, hit the bathroom, and get ready to head to the starting line.

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