You’ve registered for our virtual race. Now what?
You have to PLAN, you cannot cram.
You want to do the majority of your runs at a comfortable, conversational pace, and finish each run feeling like you have the energy – and desire – to run another mile.
The biggest mistake first-timers make is running too many miles, too fast, too soon – and that’s a recipe for injury, loss of motivation and burnout.
If at the end of your run, you’re gasping for air, or in pain, then you’re going too fast. Take it down a notch.
Hit the hills
Hill work builds leg and lung power. Start by incorporating hills that take 60 seconds to climb. As you train and those 60-second hills become easier, challenge yourself with steeper and/or longer hills.
When it comes to hill sessions, try and plan a hilly route where you can incorporate climbs, rather than run up and down one hill for miles.
Listen to your body
A little muscle soreness comes with pushing your body further or faster, particularly in the calves, quads and hamstrings.
Expect to take two days to recover from hard workouts. If you’re sore on the third day, rest again.
Soreness beyond four or five days should get checked out by a doctor.
Plan early for your virtual race day
It’s not unusual to be worried. You can quiet the butterflies in your stomach by focusing on race-day logistics: carefully following both your nutrition and hydration plans, making it on time and properly equipped to the starting area, and meeting up with friends.
When the “virtual” gun goes off, you turn your phone on to track you RACEJOY app., control the urge to run fast and start comparatively slowly, aiming for a negative split – running the first half slower than the second.
This conservative pacing will allow you to finish feeling in control.
Post Your Training Runs:
Post photos of yourself and your family/friends training.
You can upload them to our race photo page
Be sure to share your training photos on our photo page or upload them to social feeds and hashtag #cbhm2021
Set up a “Race Route”
Find 13.1 miles that you like to run and set up your race route. You can complete your run June 6-13, 2021.
Find a good spot for YOUR FINISH LINE! Let your family and friends be there to cheer you on and to hand you your finisher medal.
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Over the next 13 weeks we’ll be posting tips to help you along in your training for running 13.1 miles. Seems like a lot of mileage but it won’t be because we’ll all be supporting each other on this journey!!
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