Know The Course
One of the most repeated phrases I say to my runners is “make sure to know the course.” It will help you mentally prepare for all the twists, turns and hills for any course you run. It will also help your pacing strategy and calm your mind from fear of the unknown. While most races today have detailed course maps, it is also good to run, walk, or drive the course or portions of the course beforehand.
Stick To The Plan
Many times, race day can be dramatically effected by poor pacing strategies. The longer races, such as half, full and ultramarathons require even or negative split pacing. With shorter races you can typically get away with more aggressive racing strategies.
Regardless of your strategy, it is important to have a plan and execute it on race day. This typically involves calming yourself down and holding back the first few miles. The right pacing plan can be the difference between a PR day and a could have, would have, should have type of day.
You Don’t Fail, You Just Learn
You will inherently have good, bad and ugly races. You can learn from all of them and be better the next time. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and always give yourself credit for the things you do well. You are faster than you think! Prepare well and execute your plan, and a PR may just be waiting for you at the finish line.
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