It doesn’t matter if the Taylor&Emmet Dronfield 10K is your first race or your 50th, there’s no better feeling than approaching the finish line knowing your hard work in training has paid off.
We have a team of 10 taking part in the race, who have clocked up a fair few miles between them. Over the next five weeks, we will be sharing our advice and experience to help you make this year’s event your best yet.
To kick off this series of blogs, here are our top tips to make running a little easier.
If you have completed a 10K before, then you will understand what we mean when we say “run in something comfortable.”
Those who have put on new shoes for race day are easy to spot as they hobble around at the finish line. It’s not just your trainers that can cause an issue though, you may find your top, shorts or watch start to feel uncomfortable after a while on the road. This doesn’t mean you need to rush out and buy expensive running gear, just find something that you would wear to the gym and go from there.
Top tip: Before race day, plan out your full outfit and take it for a trial run.
It may sound obvious, but dehydration can significantly affect your performance.
Water is key to keeping blood flowing to your muscles. As you run, you sweat, causing dehydration, which makes your blood to thicken and forces your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to your muscles.
As important as it is to stay hydrated, it can be all too easy to drink too much. A full bladder before you race will not make for a comfortable run.
Top tip: As you train, take on various amounts of water to figure out what works best for you.
Putting in the miles in training is only half the story.
You also need to focus on what you are putting into your body. Eating the right foods will help keep you energised throughout the race.
You will no doubt have heard that carbohydrates are a key fuel source for runners, so stock up on foods such as rice, pasta, potato and bananas. Look out for our blog on fuelling your body in the coming weeks.
Top tip: Listen to your body. If your legs are feeling heavy or you are running out of energy, you may need to eat more carbohydrates in the build up to your runs.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the day, but the adrenaline-rush you feel at the start line will only carry you so far.
You will probably have a goal in mind, whether it is to break the hour mark, a new personal best or just to complete the course. Whatever your aim, you have trained to that specific goal and race day should be treated as you would any other run.
Josh Proud, our marketing manager, has run quite a few races over the past year. He said: “At my first 10K, I got caught up in the excitement, setting off too quickly and I soon burnt out. It is much more fun to be the one overtaking people at the final straight, rather than moving aside for passers-by.”
Top tip: Pace yourself and leave something in the tank for the final push.
Take a second to think about why you are running and just enjoy yourself.
The repetitive motion of a treadmill is nothing compared to the feeling of lining up on the start line. In an event like the Taylor&Emmet Dronfield 10K, you are running alongside 1099 others, so smile, relax and have fun.
If you haven’t already, tell us your reason for running at http://www.tayloremmet.co.uk/10k and be in with the chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher.
Top tip: Look out for next week’s blog about ways to vary your workouts!