5 Tips to Avoid Over Racing

5 Tips to Avoid Over Racing

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.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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