Break­ing The Rules

When to defy con­ven­tional wis­dom by test­ing novel tac­tics on race day

Runner's World (UK) - - Contents -

Race-day ex­per­i­men­ta­tion: good idea?

IF THERE’S ONE RULE run­ners swear by, it’s ‘Don’t try any­thing new on race day.’ But some­times that may be the best time to ex­per­i­ment. ‘When some­thing goes awry dur­ing train­ing, you can turn the race into a dif­fer­ent kind of op­por­tu­nity,’ says run­ning coach John Goldthorp (fixy­our­run.com). If you’re reg­is­tered for an event but don’t feel fully pre­pared when the big day rolls around, you don’t have to skip it. Practising a new pac­ing or fu­elling strat­egy on race day – when you’re ex­cited and ner­vous – can give you a bet­ter sense of its ef­fec­tive­ness than try­ing the same thing on a nor­mal train­ing run. So the next time your race prepa­ra­tion doesn’t go as well as you had hoped, con­sider one of th­ese novel tac­tics when you toe the line.

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