Training Tips Tuesday #47: Tune Up Races

Last Thursday, I ran a 5K Turkey Trot not only as a fun Thanksgiving tradition but to use as a tune-up race before my 10K on December 8th. I love running races, even as I’m working towards a bigger goal.

There are two ways I use races to get ready for a bigger goal: to test out race strategy and to see how my speed relates to a shorter distance than my goal. You can read more about how I’ve used races to test out my marathon strategies for both the Twin Cities and Eau Claire Marathons.

The Highland Park Turkey Trot was a great way for me to see how my speed was during a shorter distance and make sure I’m on track for my goal at the Reindeer Run 10K. It gave me a great confidence boost to see that 5K PR (of 90 seconds) on my watch because it made me even more confident in racing a 10K PR based on February 5K time of 26:36.

How do you use races leading up to your big goal race? Let me know in the comments!