Don’t let yourself to get addicted to racing and to become a race junkie. Less is more. Here are 5 tips to avoid over racing.
1 If your objective is to run faster and achieve personal bests, decide for a few specific events well spaced throughout the year and aim to peak for each.
2 Longer races require longer recovery period, especially if you race them hard. Find the right balance between training, racing and recovery if you want to run well.
3 Not racing doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Consider volunteering at a race or make a firm decision that a race will be a training run and do it with a slower friend or group.
4 Don’t be drawn into races for your club when it doesn’t suits you. It’s easy to get pushed over the edge into over-training by peer pressure.
5 Pay attention if there are any signs of over-training; the sooner you recognize it and back off, the faster you’ll be back on top form and there will be a lesser chance for you to get ill or injured.