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How to PR Your Next Race

Today, many are thinking about running. The Boston Marathon is today, and, gosh, this feeling is still so strong, even a year later. We runners are a strong, dedicated, inspiring and united bunch. And on today our hearts remember a tragedy, while our legs run in honor of those lost and everyone who was injured or affected.

With all of that in mind, today we thought a post on how to run faster at your next race would be fitting. No matter if you’re a new runner or running Boston for your fifth time, these tips on how to PR your next race from two amazing up-and-coming ASICS Elite Athletes — one of the world’s premier distance runners Josphat Boit and the newest members of the Mammoth Track Club Bria Wetsch — are for you. Because, if there’s anything we can learn from the Boston tragedy, it’s that we should all go out there and give life our all, every day. Here’s to setting a new personal record!


How to PR Your Next Race From the Pros

1. Pace yourself on a goal time. Josphat says to remember there will be rough/tough patches in a race no matter who you are. “Hang in there, it will get better.”

2. Chunk the race up. Break the race into segments, Josphat says, and conquer each segment one at a time. “You are ready … go get ’em!”

Jos runs ... FAST.

Joshat Boit runs … FAST.

3. Listen to your body. When workouts or races are not going as expected, Bria says to throw the watch to the side and listen to your body. “Sometimes we get so wrapped up in times and paces that we either waste energy stressing, or we limit ourselves. Run by effort, compete. Times will naturally come.”

Bria Wetsch is one serious (and seriously fast) runner!

Bria Wetsch is one serious (and seriously fast) runner!

4. Hydrate well! Start drinking plenty of water and electrolytes a couple days before the race and continue through race day, Josphat says.

5. Believe in yourself. The race is the time to trust and believe in your training, Josphat  says. “The hard part is done. It’s time to cash in.”

When’s the last time you set a personal record? What PR would you like to set? —Jenn

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