Marathons are one of the toughest competitions in all of athletics. The stamina and strength required in running a marathon are unimaginable for someone who has never run a marathon before. It’s not just the physical fitness that you need to run a marathon, but also the mental strength is equally important. You can’t run for 2-3 hours unless you’re mentally healthy. When a person starts running, it’s tough for him even to run 2 kilometres on the first day. It’s essential to keep your confidence in check, to build the stamina. Sometimes, a runner can get depressed when he struggles with his physical fitness. That’s where mental toughness comes into play.
Once a runner becomes good enough to run a marathon smoothly and starts competing at various levels, his training methods also change. Now, it’s not just about completing the run, but you’ve to do it in less time. Athletes train for months to prepare for one competition. They incorporate different modern methods of running a marathon, using apps and other technological devices. But one thing that remains unchanged is your hard work and dedication. Once you’re entirely dedicated towards your goal, no one can stop you from achieving it.
What is a Tune-up Race?
Every athlete needs a race before the goal race to know their preparation level, or to change their ongoing training methods. Some athletes pay money to take compete in competitions to check their level. Tune-up race is the perfect alternative to paid preparation races. Tune-up races are to be run some weeks or months before the primary race, according to the length of the goal race. Runners generally run half the length of the primary race in tune-up race. They run the hall race with the same efforts they’d put on in the primary race.
Benefits of a Tune-up Race
Some people say that runners should save energy before the primary race, but it’s better to check your preparation and race equipment in the race-like environment. Tune-up races are also essential to know what changes you need to make in your training. If you’re all beaten up after the half-length race, you should rearrange your goals. And if you’re completing the half race in time without breaking a sweat, you should aim for better timing in the race. Sometimes, the gel you use on your legs during the training can react differently when you’re running all-out. So, it’s better to check your racing equipment works.
Tune-up race can be a perfect addition to your marathon schedule. You don’t have to worry if there is a competition before 2-3 weeks of your primary race. It also saves your participation fees. You can make a proper long-term training schedule and follow it. You can also treat the tune-up race as the primary race so that you’ve some more time on your hands. All your training must prepare you for tune-up race, and the time between the tune-up race and goal race must be the bonus time.