Tips for your Next Charity Race 3
Run The Race
It’s not uncommon to have some race anxiety, but that’s not really a bad thing, because the extra adrenaline will help you run faster! One thing to keep in mind is that if the race you pare participating in allows both walking and running, then you should probably run in the middle of the race; you don’t want to run too fast if you are in the front, and you don’t want to have to avoid walkers in the back of the race. Another thing to remember is that you should never start out your race at full speed, or even as fast as you plan on running throughout the race. Start slowly and work your way up to the desired pace, wait until the filed has thinned out a little bit to give yourself some more room, and then choose the pace that wish to run at for the remainder of the event. If you think that you are going too fast, then slow down a little bit, or even slow down to a brisk walk in order to let yourself regain your breath.
While running, you can always choose to run in the middle of the road as this will help you avoid obstacles and the slope of the road. However, if you are looking to get the fastest time possible, then you are going to want to run near the inside curb in order to cut down on the distance you need to go. Finally, always remember to stop at the water stations provided by the even officials; you don’t want to get dehydrated!
Always remember to keep jogging or walking when you finish the race for at least 10 minutes. You don’t want to stop right away as this will leave a buildup of lactic acid in your body, and it will also cause blood to pool in the lower extremities such as your feet and legs. As well, don’t forget to do a thorough set of stretches after the race in order to stretch out the front and back of your things, your calves, and your upper body too.
After cooling down you will need to rehydrate because running will have caused you to lose a lot of fluid, and that’s never a good thing. If your urine is a dark yellow color, then you are dehydrated and need to drink more, and on the other hand, if your urine is crystal clear, then you may be overhydrated, in which case it’s a good idea to drink a sports drink to replace essential vitamins, nutrients, and those oh-so important electrolytes too. As well, if you got really sweaty while running, you will also want to change into dry clothing; being wet as your body temperature drops can cause chills and even a cold. Finally, always remember to eat a good after-run snack; after exerting that much energy your body needs protein and calories to heal properly.