It’s only 1.5 weeks to Lynne’s Legacy Run 2013… I hope you’ve been training! You’re in the final stretch and it’s time to tune up for race day. Here are some pointers as you gear up for race day:
- Try running on grass – Lynne’s Legacy Run is unique in that it is all done on grass. Practice running on a trail or grass to prepare yourself for this surface. While you may find your time is a bit slower, you will find this surface is much easier on your joints, and targets your muscles for the workout instead. Lynne’s Legacy likely won’t produce a PR, but it will definitely add variety to your 5K repertoire. Enjoy the change!
- Get in one more speed workout – Add another speed workout to your preparation for race day. Pushing your body and running your fastest at the track will help you prepare to push yourself on race day. Know your limits, test what your body is capable of, and then tap into it on race day! I recommend doing a Fartlek workout in your neighbourhood, or hitting the track for some intervals (try running each split a few seconds faster than your goal for race day). Not sure what to do, try this: 100m sprint followed by 100m walk/jog; 200m sprint followed by 200m walk/jog; 400m sprint followed by 400m walk/jog; 800m sprint followed by 800m walk/jog; 400m sprint followed by 400m walk/jog; 100m sprint followed by 100m walk/jog. You will officially be sprinting 2K, and find that this workout really pushes you to your potential for race day!
- Stretch it out in the final stretch - Be sure to take care of yourself in the final week before a race. The last thing you need is an injury to keep you from participating come race day. Even if you don’t normally partake in warm-ups and stretches, be sure to warm up before fitness and sports this week, and be sure to stretch well after. Don’t be afraid to take a day or two of rest and do a stretching or restorative activity, like yoga, to make sure you’re at your best for race day!
Stay fit and see you on race day!
Heather (Co-Race Director & Fellow Runner)