Run Your Best Race with Runcoach (Plus Warm Weather Training Tips)

RunCoachLet the countdown begin: We’re FOUR MONTHS away from The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & ½ Marathon! That means it’s time to get serious about training. Make 2013 your best race yet with our official training program, runcoach.

On average, participants training with runcoach see a 7 percent improvement in race finish time over prior races. Whether you’re a first-time participant, seeking a new PR, or somewhere in between, let runcoach help you race your best.

How does it work?

  • Plan: Enter your running/training background, race distance, goals and current fitness level and runcoach will create a 100 percent customized training plan for you. You’ll receive weekly personalized emails, plus get access to drill videos and more online.
  • Adapt: Record your training as you go and runcoach will update your schedule accordingly to keep you going at the appropriate level. Even if you miss a week, runcoach will recalculate your schedule and help you get back on track.
  • Perform: Train at your current fitness level and race at peak performance.

runcoach has helped thousands of runners improve and run their best. This year, why not let them help you? Training is just $20 when purchased with registration or $24 after. (Click here for more information, or to sign up)

Not only will runcoach help you train like a pro, but they’ve also provided the following warm weather tips to make sure your training doesn’t suffer as the temperatures rise:

    • Hydrate early & often: Be sure to drink between eight and 16 ounces of water at breakfast and every two hours throughout the day before you exercise
    • Coffee doesn’t count: You can continue drinking it, just be sure to pair it up with water
    • Rehydrate: Don’t forget to drink fluids after your workout
    • Mix in electrolytes: Remember to mix in electrolyte drinks with salt and sugar to balance out your water intake. (Note: At this year’s race we’ll offer Gatorade Lemon Lime Endurance Formula and Clif Shot energy gels on course, so try using these in your training too. Be sure to take energy gels with water.)
    • Condition your stomach: As you begin to hydrate more often, now is also the time to condition your stomach for fluid consumption while running or walking. If you don’t want to carry a bottle, here are some other options:
      • Hide your bottle somewhere along your route
      • Invest in a fluid belt or hydration pack
      • Enlist the help of a friend or family member to ride a bike or drive a car and meet you with your fluids
      • Find parks and public water fountains en route

Well, what are you waiting for? Sign up for runcoach and get serious about training today!

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