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Race Advice

  • 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!

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  • 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. ...

  • Triathlon Transitions

    We asked a couple Team SKORA members about their triathlon transition zones. Here's what they had to say!

    Swimming, cycling, running.
    Adam Sierakowski, Baltimore

    Those three disciplines take years of devotion to master, but we triathletes must remember that there is one additional discipline that can also make or break our race: the transitions.

    In races where every second counts and we work so hard to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch, we must not neglect the time we spend ...

  • Why people slow down during marathons

    We all feel amazing at mile 6.

    Yet the all too common and seemingly inevitable occurs.

    The slowing of pace during the second half of a marathon.

    It is almost universally experienced by distance athletes. If you've covered 26.2 miles, you have likely dealt with this yourself. Luckily a single strategy can generally overcome this obstacle. But, what causes this slowing, and how can we deal with it?

    If you cover the first 13.1 miles too quickly, that mistake now has another 13.1 miles to express ...

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