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GAME PLAN

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE RACE EXPERIENCE, IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FAILSAFE STRATEGY FOR THE WEEKS, DAYS AND HOURS LEADING UP TO YOUR EVENT. HERE’S HOW TO GET IT RIGHT.

Whether you’re about to enter your first race or you’ve completed a number of events in the past, having a tried-and-tested race-day strategy and a sound approach to nutrition will stand you in good stead. Planning ahead will give you a much better chance of getting a personal best, or simply having a more enjoyable race experience if you’re not aiming for a time. Being prepared is key to alleviating stress too. “A lot of being prepared comes down to the logistics of the day,” says running coach George Anderson (runningbygeorge.com). “Know what time the race starts and where it is. Are you able to travel there from home? There are factors that determine your general approach that will have an impact on what you’re able to do and obviously some of the decisions you to have to make. The more out of your normal environment you are, the more care and attention you need to pay to your raceday routine.”

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Coming up in the April issue of Women’s Running… Ramping up your mileage this spring? We’ve got everything you need in the April issue of Women’s Running, out now! Find the best running shoe for you with our first Women’s Running Shoe Guide, featuring 30 models tried and tested. If you’re marathon training, you’ll find part two of our 12-week training plans in this issue, taking you right up to race day. We’ve got an essential stretching routine to ease tired muscles, three gorgeous recipes to boost your health and energy, and tips on how to tackle long runs. Plus, we’ve got all the usual great gear reviews, inspiration and quick training advice.