It’s that time of year! Fall racing season is just gearing up. Would you like a little help training for your Fall race? Not to mention meet some amazing people and raise money for a worthy cause? If so, you’re in the right place.
Today we’re going to deal with picking an appropriate race distance. If you been running for awhile, you know the drill, but if you’ve never run before, here are some factors to consider:
1) The temperature – September is no time to tackle your first half-marathon or marathon. Save those racing goals for when the temps are a little bit cooler. We don’t want you to get heat stroke! On the other hand, if you start training now, those distances might be feasible for November or December.
2) Your current mileage – how many miles do you walk or run during the week? If it’s 0, you should stick to a 5-K (3.1 miles). Better yet, come join us at the GOTR 5K at the end of October. If you’re comfortably walking or running 3 miles already, then shoot for a 10-K (6.2 miles). If 10Ks are old hat, why not try a half marathon? If you’re a half marathon pro, bump it up to a full. Just make sure you have enough time to train.
3) How much time do you have to train? Our training plans assume you’ve got 10-12 weeks to prepare for your race. If you’re a regular runner and plan to go a distance you’ve run before (or run close to before), you might be able to get by with fewer weeks. But, in general, the more time you have to train, the further the distance you can aim for. As soon as you sign up to be a GOTR SoleMate, you’ll get running and run-walk training plans for the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon.
4) Are you a speed demon? If you want to run fast, stick to a shorter distance. The further you go, the more you will need to slow your pace so you can make it to the finish line.
If you still have questions, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to learn more or register to be a SoleMate? Go here.
Keep checking this blog for more information on our Fall kickoff event!