We all make mistakes!!!
Before my first race, I was so prepared. I carbed up, had fuel ready to go for the run and arrived way too early – for a 5k. In the moment I was so excited about running my first event that I wanted everything to be perfect. Looking back, I feel a little silly as I have prepared less for a half marathon in the not so distant past. I have learned that for smaller races a lot of those things I did to prepare aren’t really necessary!
For my first 5k I was trained! And then life got in the way before my first half marathon. I didn’t do the long runs like I should have and hit a wall about mile 11. The long runs are required before events like that 🙂
For the first few weeks of running I wore whatever happen to be in my closet. Then I got my first pair of Brooks! Love them! Fast forward 10 months, I knew it was time for new shoes, but was trying to hold out for Christmas. It wasn’t just my shoes fault, but I encountered my first stress fracture. So, track your mileage and get new shoes when it’s time! (Opinions vary, but the average is between 350 and 450 miles on a pair of shoes!)
4. Stick with your training methods.
Don’t try a new shoe, compression sock or sleeve, or new intervals. Stretch in your normal way afterwards, despite all the excitement of the event! (Also don’t drive a long way immediately after a race! – I ended up with terrible DOMS after a three hour drive home from a race!)
5. No cross training!
Someone, cough::cough Caitlyn, told me that I needed to cross train while running. I didn’t listen to her for a good three months. Then I decided to take her up on her suggestion. I added TurboFire to my weekly routine and saw amazing improvements in my speed. So, if you are aiming for a new shiny PR – CROSS TRAIN!! Click here to read how cross training helped me!