Yes, I know, one foot in front of the other. Thank you very much. :rolleyes:
Seriously, I’ve run a handful of 5K’s (and other races) over the years, but I always feels like I’m lacking in the strategy department. So this is your chance to tell me in detail what you do on race day!
Eating: Do you get up extra early to eat? What do you eat - something light like a banana or a box of Crispy Creme donuts, hoping for some “jet propulsion” late in the race? What about dinner the night before?
Warm-up: How do you warm-up? A slow jog? I see some fellas running sprints - what’s up with that? Or do you do the inane group aerobics thing the “fun runs” like to put on?
Lining up: Do you move towards the front of the pack, hoping the faster runners will inspire you? Do you like to hang back, and enjoy the feeling of passing other runners later in the race (I traditionally do this, because I would hate to get in someone else’s way).
Actual running: Do you just hit the pedal from the get go and try to maintain a pace? How does that pace feel - is it ‘oh my god I’m gonna die’, or ‘ok I can keep this up for 3 miles’? Do you try to increase your pace during the race, or do you plan on fading away? Do you save a little for a sprint at the very end?
Give me all your 5K wisdom!
Chi-Dopers: I’m planning for the Bucktown 5K in September, so any course specific advice would be appreciated.