Runner's World (UK) - - Old Ways, New Ways -

THE OLD WAY You picked up race fliers at the run­ning shop and posted your reg­is­tra­tion form with a cheque for the en­try fee.

THE NEW WAY You have your Google Cal­en­dar set to re­mind you when reg­is­tra­tion for your goal race opens.

THE BEST WAY The in­ter­net has made it nec­es­sary to ‘com­pete’ long be­fore race day for some pop­u­lar events, as you and thou­sands of other run­ners race to gain en­try. And if you want to be com­pet­i­tive, it makes sense to plot out a sea­son that in­cludes tune-up races en route to your goal race. Those in-be­tween events can help you get ac­cus­tomed to race-day nerves and give you a chance to test your fu­elling and kit choices be­fore the big( ger) day(s).

How­ever, there’s also some­thing ap­peal­ing and en­er­gis­ing about the spon­tane­ity of de­cid­ing to jump into a 5K or 10K with just a few days’ no­tice. Fol­low­ing a long-term train­ing and rac­ing plan is wise, es­pe­cially for the half marathon and marathon dis­tances, but the plan should be carved in soap, not stone.

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