Teaching Yourself How To Race

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Jan. 30, 2014
  • Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:19 AM UTC
You've got to learn to push through discomfort in training in order to do the same on race day. Photo:

Oftentimes we forget that running, at its core, is about you versus yourself.

It’s easy to get so caught up in the numbers on your GPS watch, the readings from a heart-rate monitor, and physiological concepts like VO2max and lactate threshold. Oftentimes, however, we forget that running, at its core, is about you versus yourself. When the starter’s gun goes off at a race, all that matters is your ability to execute your race plan and continue pushing when your body and mind are screaming at you to stop.

Many runners don’t realize that the ability to push during a race is actually a skill. Like all skills, some athletes are born with an inherent ability to push themselves, while others need to work on it more in training.

Over the following pages we’ll explore the skill of pushing yourself during a race and identify two workouts that will help you hone this ability. Next time you take to the starting line, you’ll be in a better position to push yourself further than ever before.

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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