3 Ways To Improve Your Race

Putting on an endurance event is a great undertaking and I appreciate the effort and hard work it takes.   While not an expert, I have participated in enough races to be able to cobble together some helpful tips for race organizers.

Top 3 Ways to Improve a Race

1.  Provide some snacks before the race.   Many first-timers have not had practice in pre-race fueling and undereat before an event.  Providing half a bagel some OJ and coffee would not only be a great energy boost but will make your race stand out.

2. Repeat the Rules.  In the 3 triathlons I’ve competed in this summer my number one complaint is that many new participants don’t know basic safety and etiquette of swimming, riding and running.  Reviewing the rules while in the swim queue would be helpful.

3.  Have enough staff at check in.

Again, I appreciate all of the effort and volunteers it takes to put on a good race.  A few little tweaks can make a race even better!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

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If not now, when?

Unless you are on a reality weight loss show or at a spa – you cannot put your life on hold until you get in shape, lose weight, quit smoking or live a healthier lifestyle.    There is never a “right” time to make these changes and contrary to what you may have (falsely) convinced yourself, waiting until school is in session a few weeks or until after the holidays is just an excuse.

Your life is going to tickey tickey along whether you like it or not and sooner than you can say “pass the guacamole”, it’s May.  Now wouldn’t it be awesome to be a fitter, leaner, healthier version of you in May instead of where you are now?  Think about it.  Ok, that’s enough, now take that step and make the change.  Now. You’ll thank me in six months!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Hit the Trails!

Fall is a lovely time to hit the trails for a walk, hike or run!  The leaves are turning, the weather is cool, and the summer crowds have dwindled.    Walking, hiking, or running on trails require a bit more planning but it’s well worth the effort.

1.  Share where you’re going with a friend.  I make it a point not to go solo into the hills but if you are more daring than I be sure to let your family or a friend know where you are going, for how long and when you expect to be back.

2.  Bring water.  Even if your run or hike is only going to be for an hour or so it can be warmer or colder or more strenuous than you are used to requiring more hydration. Fill a CamelPak or bring a bottle of h2o along for the ride.

3.  Watch your footing.  A neat trick I learned was to look where you want to step, not what you want to avoid.  It helps keep you focused on the safe places to step.

4.  Ditch the watch.  Trail running or hiking is not like being on the streets, therefore, you most likely won’t be able to do a 6 mile run or hike in the same time frame.  Enjoy the scenery and let your goal time go.

5.  Bring a friend.  Not only for safety but it’s fun to introduce a pal to nature’s playground.  Encouraging them to try something new is being a good friend and it’s a great reminder that the love of hiking, walking or running trails should be shared!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

Quote of the Week

Something to think about along your fitness journey!

Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.

Dean Karnazes

Now go run!

Keli 🙂