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HOW TO B GOOD

THEY’RE THE DRESS REHEARSAL RACES DESIGNED TO PREPARE YOU FOR THE MAIN EVENT. BUT, TOO OFTEN, RUNNERS GET THEM HORRIBLY WRONG. DAMIAN HALL LOOKS AT THE ART OF THE B RACE
Words Damian Hall Photographyistockphoto.com

Us runners are guilty of several classic errors – some repeatedly. Neglecting to Vass nips is a lesson beginners learn the hard way. If there’s a runner who claims they’ve never started a race too fast (though it must be said, men are more likely to than women) then they’re probably a politician in waiting – ie, an accomplished fibber. Letting your B race ruin your A race is another common cockup.

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For the last three years running, I’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions: to learn Japanese and to play electric guitar. I’m not sure what the sell-by date of these should be but to suffice to say I can say ‘goodbye’ in Japanese and the only riff I know is Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water – hardly the stuff rock legends are made of. But, more happily, my running resolutions are already proving more successful this year. First, was just to run more often. Lifestyle changes, dodgy Achilles and lack of motivation meant that the last two years have been something of a running wilderness. But renewed enthusiasm over the last 12 months has seen a return to something approaching form and my goal to improve all-round strength is definitely working. I’m running fewer miles but a focus on conditioning has seen marked improvement. Thankfully, this month’s guide lays the foundations for making 2019 your best running year. From top advice on how to nail your tempo running to how to improve your mental focus; the best time of day to run and how to come back from injury, we’ve brought everything together to make sure 2019 is a PB year!