Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Blog Archives - 2012
Race Day

So you're a runner. You get up early, log the miles, do the workouts, you enjoy the runs, and you're pretty content with that. But what about racing? Sure, you ran the local 5K two years ago with your dog....but that was the extent of your racing 'career'. Maybe you want to start racing, or maybe you think it's just not for you. Either way, taking the next step to racing is a great way to rekindle your passion for running. Here are a few tips to help make race day easier so you can have fun and enjoy the run!

Be okay with that sluggish feeling. Sometimes you'll feel like you're having a sucky run prior to your race, but that's totally normal. Speed workouts will revamp that burning out sensation to snap you out of it!

Put together a playlist. If you always run with music, make sure you put together a playlist with a beat that helps you keep pace, and put enough songs on there to keep your mind preoccupied. There's nothing worse than being bored on a long race.

Be organized!! Set your racing clothes and gear out the night before. Wake up with plenty of time left and have a nutritious bite to eat! Arrive at the race early, so you have enough time to visit the bathroom and get yourself warmed up. Mentally prepare yourself. Stay loose when you're waiting at the start.

Know the course beforehand. If you're competitive, you'll have an upper hand by driving through the course and paying attention to hills, turns, mile marks, and terrain.

Don't worry about lack of sleep! Insomnia the night before a race is totally normal, just ride it out and don't stress too much.

If it's a longer run, don't skip the water stops. BIG rookie mistake. You're gonna want to stay hydrated, so you can last as long as possible.

If you hit the bad patch, or a mental wall that makes you want to quit, start counting. Steps, that is. Once you get to 100, start over at 1 and keep doing that to keep your mind off of the trouble and get you back on track.

These are only a few tips, but the most important thing on race day is to have fun! Don't get all worried about getting last or not finishing or something silly, just relax, know that you did all you could to prepare, and enjoy the run!

Happy Trails!

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