29 Aug '12, 1am

Goal race ahead? You should also schedule a tune-up race. Here's why: #runningtips

If you have a goal race coming up, you may be due for a tune-up. Running a practice race—or tune-up—is an opportunity to test your preparation, pacing, and fueling strategies at a shorter distance without the stress associated with a target event, says Alicia Shay, two-time NCAA 10,000-meter champion and coach with runsmartproject.com . "It's a dress rehearsal where you can work out the kinks," she says. Tune-ups can also help you gauge your fitness to determine if you're on track to hit your goal or need to tweak your training (or your expectations). Here's when and how to work a practice race into your plan. THE GOAL: 5-K THE TUNE-UP: 5-K If you're a regular racer with an ambitious time goal for your target event, tune up with a progressively paced 5-K—that is, starting below and finishing on pace. "This provides a taste of race pace and competition without a major effor...

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