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April

How to Pick the Right Race

Having a race on your calendar is great motivation to keep running. But it's important to pick the right race so you don't start to regret your decision. If you're not excited about your upcoming race, you may slack off in training. To avoid buyers' remorse, ask yourself these questions before signing up for a race:

1. How far do I want to run?
The right distance for you depends on your current fitness level and

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Escaping the cold weather and running a race in a warm climate during the winter sounds appealing, but it does present some training challenges. The key to being ready to race in warmer weather when you're training in the cold weather is to get acclimatized.

Runners who are acclimatized to warm weather start sweating earlier and more intensely than runners who aren't acclimatized. As a result, their bodies cool themselves more efficiently, which keeps their heart

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All of your runs should start with a warm-up and end with a cooldown. Why are they so important? A good warm-up dilates your blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are well supplied with oxygen. It also raises your muscles' temperature for optimal flexibility and efficiency. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run.

Just as critical, the cooldown keeps the blood flowing throughout

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All of your runs should start with a warm-up and end with a cooldown. Why are they so important? A good warm-up dilates your blood vessels, ensuring that your muscles are well supplied with oxygen. It also raises your muscles' temperature for optimal flexibility and efficiency. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run.

Just as critical, the cooldown keeps the blood flowing throughout

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Most runners have hit a rough patch at some point during a race. It's important to plan some strategies for when it gets tougher so you can push through. When you find yourself struggling during a race, try some of these mental tricks to get you to the finish.

Give yourself mini-goals.
If you're really struggling, don't focus on how much farther you have to go. Just worry about getting to the next mile marker, the next

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