En­ter­ing ev­ery race

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Blog­gers and other in­flu­encers of­ten re­ceive free race en­tries in ex­change for pro­mot­ing the event, which ex­plains their fre­quent par­tic­i­pa­tion. But marathons and half marathons put enough stress on your body that rac­ing more than a few each year in­creases your in­jury risk, says War­ren­burg. And to do your best you need time to build mileage and ta­per be­fore­hand, then re­cover af­ter­ward, adds Hamil­ton.

IN­STEAD If you’re aim­ing for your fastest time, cut back to a max­i­mum of two marathons per year, with four to five months in be­tween, says War­ren­burg. Newer run­ners should stop at three half marathons per year, while those with more ex­pe­ri­ence could do four, notes Hamil­ton. Most run­ners can do shorter races more fre­quently – a 10K about ev­ery eight weeks or a 5K ev­ery six weeks. You can toe the line more of­ten if you use events as train­ing runs, says War­ren­burg. But that strat­egy won’t work if you can’t main­tain con­trol when you pin on a bib.

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