July 31, 2009
After the training comes the race-day strategy. Parker Morse offers tips to help you race like a pro and set a PR.
Maybe you’ve never really thought of yourself as a much of a runner. Maybe you were inspired by the two running events at the 2009 CrossFit Games. You’ve been training for weeks or months, and you’ve been pleasantly surprised to see much-improved times. Now you’ve decided to try out a road race, most likely a low-key five or 10 kilometer event not far from home.
It sounds like something you should be able to manage. You’ll get a benchmark number for your training log. And there will be plenty of other newbies lined up at the starting line with you. Nobody will make you do it over if your form isn’t exactly right. What’s not to like?
But, like most athletic pursuits, racing is not really as easy as it looks. If all we had to do was push the pedal all the way down and dash to the finish, racing would actually be a little boring. How you run the race can make a lot of difference in your results.
By avoiding mistakes such as pushing too hard early on and slowing down after passing other runners, you can improve your times—and maybe even win a few races.