Race Advice

  • Going the Distance

    How to get from 13.1 to 26.2. Photo: Dan Bjerke

    You do a 5k.

    Maybe a 10k, maybe not.

    Probably more 5k races are thrown in.

    Then, there's your first half marathon run.

    This is the natural progression of things, for a runner. Next comes the marathon distance. For most runners, it is the top tier of running goals.

    Among these, the largest jump is by far from 13.1 to 26.2 miles. Even if you're training for a 5k, you're probably completing runs of 10k or longer. Heck, even for a half marathon more advanced athletes will likely run the distance or at least the time the race should take them, during training.

    This is not the case with the marathon.

    When thinking about your first marathon, there are steps and considerations to be mindful of.
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  • The Week Before a Big Race

    You've been running for years.

    Races ranging from 3.1 miles to 26.2 miles have been completed.

    A plan was followed that fit your schedule and abilities, and you're faster than ever.

    Now, it's the week of the race, here's how you don't mess this up.

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  • Methods of Hitting the Wall

    Love your run, don't hit the wall!

    Recently someone posted a question in a Facebook group about their experience bonking during their first marathon.

    His question was based around nutrition. Specifically stating this his seemed to have failed him at mile 18, and he was on the search for alternatives to the gels he used.

    My first question to him was, "why do you think your nutrition failed you?"

    He stated that around mile 18 or 19 he hit the wall.

    I suspected other factors were at play here. We continued the discussion. Below, ...

  • How to avoid race day nervousness

    How to avoid race day nervousness!

    Racing is always exciting.

    However, no matter how many times you toe the line, some can't seem to avoid the pre-race jitters.

    Your anxiety goes up like the hill during the first mile, and then it's all downhill from there, but not in the good way.

    Let's make sure you pull up to your next event with your nerves under control, with the following strategies.


    You've no doubt heard about the benefits of meditation. While you may not want to spend too long in the morning, even two minutes ...

  • The early miles

    It takes 10-30 minutes to "get into" a run.

    Early on in a workout you've not found your groove yet. 

    However instead of looking at those first few miles with distain, consider them an insight on how long of a warm up you should be taking before workouts such as track sessions, tempo runs, or races!

    You may also like:
    How to Warm Up

  • What to do if you get hurt before a race!?!

    Unfortunately immediately prior to an event is the time of the year when you are most likely to experience an injury or burn out.

    The reason is simply because you've been building up with distance, speed, and race specificity for months now. Training is getting more difficult and volume has been going up.

    Paying attention to your body is incredibly important as a race approaches. Recovery and key workouts are what matter. But what happens when you're a week or a month out from your autumn ...

  • Benefits of Running Without Music

    You sign up for the big race.

    Training is going so well, you're ready for a PR.

    The week of the race arrives, and you're looking over the race website.

    That's when you see it.

    The no headphone policy.

    Commence freak-out!

    You can't remember the last time you ran without music. You've even postponed workouts to let your iPhone charge. How are you going to cover 13.1 miles without Miley Cyrus?!?!

    There are many benefits to running sans music and it would likely be in the best interest of most ...

  • What to do before a race

    "Did I do enough training?"

    "Am I forgetting anything for race day?"

    "Have I missed anything in my training?"

    The week before a big race can be a bit stressful.

    Here is a short guide on how to approach the big event.

    Starting with the week of

    There is nothing you can realistically do the week of a race to improve upon your fitness, but there are many ways you can jeopardize your performance. Nothing new and no stressing about "what ifs".

    Here, Ben Greenfield tells you some things he is doing ...

  • The best advice for racing in the heat

    Is to simply slow down.

    Yes, hydration is important.

    As is protecting your skin and fueling properly.

    However, if you go out too fast during your race in the heat, no amount of hydration will save you. In fact, it's more likely to kill you.

    By pacing accordingly and slowing down for the first section of the course, you will be in a fine position to finish strong (even if it's slower than you had hoped).

    A good example of this is Team SKORA member Taylor's 2012 Boston Marathon. During this ...

  • How to Deal with Race Day Disappointment

    We’ve all had those races.

    You go in to an event and expect to do well. Hopefully everything goes your way.

    You plan everything, your training is excellent, your nutrition is exactly what you need it to be and everything just seems perfect.

    But then the race happens.

    Much like life, there is always something that you can’t plan for, nor expect. Sometimes it’s something small that you can overcome, while other times it’s something that completely ruins your race and you can’t recover. ...

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