Breaking The Rules
When to defy conventional wisdom by testing novel tactics on race day
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.