If you are thinking about running a race, there are a lot of things you should do to prepare, especially if you’re new to running. Running, especially over a long distance, is not easy, either mentally or on your body. As such, you need to get some quality training and preparation in before you attempt to race. Depending on the length of the run, you may want to start training as far as six months out.
Get a Training Buddy
The first thing you should do is figure out how you want to train for the race. Too many people think that just running a few miles on the treadmill will cut it, but in fact, you need to get a full training program. Seek out a group, club, coach, or buddy that will help you through your training. Develop a schedule and partner up to help complete it. Having a buddy will help keep you accountable to your training and allow you to be more successful.
Get the Proper Gear
The next thing you need to do to prepare is get the proper gear for your race. This means getting the right shoes. Quality shoes make a big difference, especially if you are running for long distances. Also, consider getting sweat wicking clothing to help your body breathe better while you run. Having the proper gear can both prevent you from getting injured and keep you comfortable while you run.
Now that you have a training buddy and the right gear, you need to start slow and level up. This could mean starting a short distance and adding a little bit each day, or starting at a slow pace and working to a faster speed each day. Many people prefer to level up by doing two standard runs, followed by a longer or faster run, and then back to a standard run. This approach can help you increase your mileage and endurance, while not over-exerting your body. You should keep in mind that you should never increase speed or distance by more than 10% per week.
What is your best tip for preparing for a race?