Born To RUN…Quick Tips for the Running Portion of Your Tri!

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

 Christopher McDougall, Born To Run:  A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Here are Some Quick Tips for the Run Discipline of Your Triathlon! 

Spend time working on your running mechanics and form.  This can be something that is overlooked, but it can truly make a large difference on race day and how you are able perform.  Have your posture and running stance assessed by a trainer or expert and work to iron out any problems in your approach.

Learn how to develop the right pace.  Your pace is critical, and you will want to know how to maintain it in order to perform on race day.  Also, you should remember to train for multiple disciplines at one time to make sure you can get through all of the sports

Develop a strength-training regimen as a part of your workout.  Your legs will be used not only during the run but in the other sports as well and you should learn how to do all sports in a way to conserves strength and stamina but maximizes performance.  Use strength training to build your muscular endurance so that you maintain throughout all of the sports.

Get the right equipment!  As with the other sports, you should make sure you have the right equipment that works for you.  Consult an expert to learn what gear you need, what are the best shoes to use. Remember to consider transitions as well.  Consider laces that are easy to tie and untie, and make sure your shoes come well recommended.

We hope this information has been helpful and informative.  Make sure you stay tuned for the next blogs where we will cover training for the run and the bike!  Most important, it is NOT too late to register to volunteer or participate as an athlete! Just go to www.trycharleston.org.

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A Triathlon that promotes health, volunteerism, tourism and charity in Charleston, S.C.
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