Though a long-time runner, I am somewhat of a newbie racer. Nearly a year into my tenure as a competitive local road racer, I still find myself learning things about how to race the 5K, my distance of choice, every single time I do it. Yes, I wrote “learning how to race.” For, much to my surprise, it turns out racing a distance is not only about bolting at the gun and trying to run it as fast as you can. If you race the same distance again and again, you will find your body and mind respond in certain ways at certain points in the race. Make note of this my friends, and remember it well! This is priceless fodder for directing your future training and mental preparation, and can help unlock the full potential of your fitness.
You have to learn to race your best 5k by racing 5ks!
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