Race Prep

Want to be as prepared as possible before you hear ready…set…go!? Here are some tips from Cristina Abuhazi of specialty running store 11 Runners.
Column by Cristina Abuhazi | June 19, 2018 | Lifestyle

At 11 Runners, we offer everything would-be marathoners need to have a successful race day, from top brands such as Brooks and Mizuno to free tread tests to make sure each athlete is matched perfectly with the right equipment. But being prepared for a marathon means more than just great equipment. First, you need to keep a log and write down your daily mileage, run times, race distance and how you feel immediately after each practice. You should also increase weekly mileage by 10%. This gradual increase reduces the risk of injury. Include a “cut-back” week every 3rd or 4th week of training by reducing your mileage and using it as an easy week. It’s also important to always alternate a hard day with an easy day or a day off, with at least one day a week completely off for rest and recovery. Moreover, consider adding strength training to your routine twice a week consisting of activities like weight training, pilates or yoga. Finally, always listen to your body. If you’re tired, rest. If a workout feels hard, it probably is.

Cristina Abuhazi is an avid runner & an owner at 11 Runners. Follow her on Twitter @ 11Runners or on Facebook @ ElevenRunners; 1055 SE 1st Ave., Miami; 305.358.0400;

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