“I don’t train to beat another runner. We are out there together, competing with the marathon (or South Salem 5K or 10K), and I train to run the marathon (5K or 10K) as fast as I can. “ Juma Ikangaa, Marathon runner from Tanzania
Some quick and easy tips for the upcoming races:
- Race day is not the day to try new shoes, eat new foods, or wear brand new clothing. So buy them now or weeks before the race to give them a bunch of test runs.
- Buy yourself some actual running shoes from an actual running store because running in junk “sneakers” will destroy your feet and your legs. So when you go for new running shoes, get assessed for the right kind of running shoes
- For races longer than 5k start out slower than you think you should. If you conserve your energy during the first half of a race, you can finish strong. I have been known to get caught up in the crowd and speed off only to lose steam in the middle of the race.
- When you pick up drinking cups at aid stations, squeeze gently so it folds slightly and is easier to drink from it while you are moving. One of my favorite tips, so not to inhale the fluids.
- Hydrate. Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day. The day before, post race and the day after. Dehydration can cause a lot of discomfort or problems. (Runners remember to pick up your complimentary water bottle and carb just a few paces on the left as you cross the finish line.)
- Remember to say “Thank You!” to race volunteers (e.g. when you get that cup of water at the aid station or the police officer that is stopping traffic for you!) and family and friends who support you.
Dr. Stuart Weitzman
Bedford Hills Family Chiropractic