30 Apr '14, 1am

Run shorter races before your main event to gauge your fitness and get primed for a PR. Here's how:

To Lehmkuhle, like many elites, tune–up races—shorter distances run in the buildup to the main event—are as important as long runs, tempo work, rest, and nutrition. "If you just put your head down and barrel through training for 12 to 14 weeks, the tendency is to overtrain , or get stale," he says. "Some planned race efforts that fit in with the rest of my buildup show me how my body will really react when the gun goes off. Based on the information I get from these races, I can adjust my training or that larger goal."

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/time-tune?cm_mm...

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