Tomorrow is the AJC Peachtree Road Race – the largest 10K in the country with more than 60,000 runners. Gasp! That’s A LOT of people.
I spent this afternoon at the race expo – I LOVE a good expo – and was excited to hear “The Mayor of Running,” Bart Yasso, share some of his running tips. Here are a few of nuggets of wisdom from a man who’s raced on all seven continents. *insert bowing down here*
Don’t Expect Too Much. That’s great to hear from someone who’s logged as many miles as he has. According to Bart he sees way too many people stress themselves out unnecessarily. Relax and enjoy the run.
Strengthen Your Core. I know how important this is as your core – abs and back – are your center and used constantly. I’m on it, Bart. I promise.
Skip a Day. Gasp! Yes, he said it. Listen to your body and if you’re not feeling it, skipping a day will not hurt you – in fact it just might help.
Start Every Run at a Slower Pace. I live by the power of negative splits. Start slow, warm up and finish strong.
Add a Little Speed to One of Your Weekly Runs and Add a Little Distance to Another Fun. He cautioned us about our bodies adapting to the same routine. Mix it up and you’ll reap the benefits.
Eat Light and Eat Often. I do this and it works. Fuel your body with smaller but more frequent meals.
Every Run You Have to Have a Reason Why You’re Doing it. He says it can be simple, but you need to know WHY you’re out there and it will keep you committed.
Team Sanabria! Me, my sister and my father together again for another year.
Tomorrow I’m running for fun, to restart my training, and to enjoy time with my family. Why are you running?
Winks & Smiles,