The Long and Short of Running Wisdom:
Advice given about ultra-distance running, but is absolutely sound advice for any distance runner. The original article is here: http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=25906
- Pace Yourself – there’s nothing worse than hitting the wall before your race is over. Plus, it’s better to be the passer instead of the person being passed.
- Go By Feel – run by perceived effort. If there’s a hill, maintain the same effort rather than trying to hit the same mile split. Don’t always rely on the GPS watch.
- Know the Course – there’s nothing wrong with doing some homework and jogging the course as your warm up. Sure, you may not be winning the race, but you should still want to know where you’re going. If you’re not prepared for hills or trails, knowing the course beforehand can help you mentally and physically prepare for what lies ahead.
- Be Wise About Excuses – if a run is getting away from you, there might be a good reason to cut out short. If you’re hurt or in danger of getting hurt, stop running. If, however, you’re being soft, try to focus on the positives and keep plugging away. Remember, once you drop out of a race once, it becomes a lot easier to do it again next time things get rough.
- Socialize – warm up with someone new before the race or cool down with friends after the race. The company will give added motivation or an ear for your trials and tribulations.
- Expect the Unexpected – there’s always the possibility of something going wrong. The longer the race, the more likely that will be the case. Think back to Boston Marathon 2012. Plan for as much as you can.
- Be Mentally Tough Through Adverse Situations – the more you run, the more you build up your toughness. When things go wrong, call on your toughness to get you through those situations.
- Use Experience To Combat Youth – use your race savvy skills to your advantage. You know your limits and your expectations are more honed.
- Do What Makes You Happy – no matter what, you’ve got to do what makes you happy.