The Art Of Peaking For A Goal Race

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Being truly race-ready on race day is trickier than you might think.

In the final weeks leading up to his goal marathon, Ricky Runlong did everything right, or so he thought. He cut his mileage in half, started taking more days off to rest, and ran workouts so much faster than his target race pace, he was positive a huge PR was waiting in the wings.

Fast forward to race day. Ricky hits the halfway mark feeling flat despite being right on pace. A few miles later he starts fading fast, and by 20 miles the wheels have fallen off the wagon and he’s doing the survival shuffle. Ricky finishes well off his target time and instantly starts racking his brain for answers to the question of what went wrong with his race. Perhaps it was a poor fueling strategy, or not getting enough sleep the night before the race. Maybe it was too many long runs, or not enough workouts.

Or maybe it was a combination of all of these things, along with a whole host of other factors, which contributed to Ricky’s race-day woes. Specific mistakes aside, Ricky was the victim of poor planning and an imperfect peaking strategy, resulting in a sub-par performance when a PR should have been in his back pocket.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, put these simple strategies into practice and plan your next peak precisely.

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