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Many of us have discovered training ideas which seem to work for us.  Some are more tested than others.  Best Road Races and The UjENA FIT Club is not endorsing these ideas but just sharing them with you.  Add your Secret Training Ideas here.  Include a photo when you can and be sure to name your idea.  Only do one idea per post and just use enough words to explain the idea.  Use examples of how it worked when possible.  Hal Higdon is offering his Tip of the Day!

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Eating Well for Running
Posted Thursday, March 6th, 2014
By Christine RosenbloomHeading to the gym after work for a quick workout? Out for a morning walk with the dogs?... Read Secret Training Idea
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How many Miles Should I run weekly?
Posted Monday, September 16th, 2013
by Hal HigdonWithin certain limits, the more miles you run the faster you can race. Double your training mileage from... Read Secret Training Idea
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Losing my Edge by RIch Stiller
Posted Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
by Rich StillerI didn’t plan to stop racing. I just meant to take a break. In April of 1995 I... Read Secret Training Idea
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Mental Performance Tips - for the Double Road Race
Posted Thursday, August 8th, 2013
by Dr JoAnn DahlkoetterWant to know how you can reach your Double Road Race goals faster, easier, and get the... Read Secret Training Idea

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Pre-Race Routine
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Sometimes It is the Little Things than can help you run a Faster Race
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by Ujena Fit Club Coach Barry Anderson  Does anyone else have a pre-race routine that you use nearly every time you race? Do you double tie your racing shoes but not your warm-up shoes? Do you always eat the same thing prior to the race—at a certain time before the race start? Do you wear the same socks—or always go sock-less?

One of the last minute things that was always a part of my pre-race routine was to fold my race number as small as possible before attaching to my racing singlet. I always thought that I would gain a small advantage due to better aerodynamics—probably not true in the real world of science but in my mind is was a advantage.

If you plan to add this practice to your pre-race routine, make sure that you follow instructions for securing your race number in case a portion of the number is removed at the finish line.

We would like to hear from you. Let us know about your own idiosyncrasies in your pre-race routine.

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run I believe in doing the same things before a race. Here is what I do. I get up at least two hours before the start. I will eat a half of a banana right away. I will drink a cup of coffee (decaf right now). I will go to the bathroom. I will NOT put on my racing shoes or racing singlet (always wear a red singlet and black racing shorts) until 15-20 minutes before the start. I will warm up in sweat pants, t-shirt and sweatshirt. I like to run a mile warmup. I want to break a sweat. Then I will put on my racing singlet and start getting used to the temp about 15 minutes before the start. I will go to the bathroom again and would have most likely gone 3-4 times since getting up. I want to clear my system. I will drink some water. Before putting on my racing flats I will rub my feet with Icy Hot. Makes my feet feel warm and different than a training run. (I am sure I am the only person in the world who does this. I also hardly ever get blisters and this might help that too.) I will eat one pack of glu before races 10k or longer. And I will make sure to carry one for 10 mile plus races. I will for sure double knot my shoes and tuck the laces into the other laces. I might have taken one Aleve one hour before too. Started this ten years back and it seems to help? I will get a good starting spot and off I go...
Bob Anderson 6/26/12 10:18 am
run Wow! Your have had lots of practice at your pre-race routine this year...got it down pat! Like to see enough effort in your warm up to break a sweat...very important.
Barry Anderson 6/26/12 11:58 am
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You don't have to wear a iPod
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Enjoy the act of running
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by Hal Higdon  Many new runners train while wearing iPods and feel that without this musical diversion they could not, or would not, run. But some races discourage iPods, because of safety considerations. I ride my bike wearing an iPod, but somehow have never taken to wearing it while running. Maybe it is because I love the act of running and do not want to be distracted by music.

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run The only time I tired listening to music while running was in 1965. I had a little transistor radio with an ear plug. This was before iPods. After about a mile I took it out. It was just taking too much away from my run. On the other hand, I do like running the Rock n Roll races with music every mile or to run the Bay To Breakers with music at spots along the way. BUT I just don't like it every minute in my ear. Never have and never well. How about you?
Bob Anderson 6/26/12 9:53 am
run Not for me. I enjoy the sounds of nature - particularly in the morning workouts - and the greetings and encouragement from other runners on the trails.
Barry Anderson 6/27/12 11:35 am
run I don't listen to music when exercise, though I can see how it might help when indoors on a tread mill or exercise bike. It is safer then anyway. There have been various studies that indicate that listening to music, esp. "synchronous" (in tempo with the exercise, up-beat, etc.) can improve performance by as much as 15% for a non-elite athlete. Google for the paper "The Psychological, Psychophysical, and Ergorenic Effects of Music in Sport: A Review and Synthesis" by Costas I. Karageorghis
Gary Funck 6/27/12 10:41 pm
run Costas Karageorghis and Peter Terry have also authored a book, "Inside Sport Psychology", which got some play a while back. It is mentioned in this blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/apr/22/does-music-help-you-run-faster
Gary Funck 6/27/12 10:50 pm
run I have never been able to listen to music while I run. I think for the most part its because I dont like to cary anthing bigger then my watch with me. I also dont want to get used to it because we are not allowed to take the PT test with music so I figure its best to just get used to running silently.
Steven Richardson 6/28/12 5:54 am
run I don't listen to music when I run outside. I run with my dogs, and even though they are very well behaved, I like to hear if any traffic is coming - I would be very devastated if one of them got run over. I also like to be able to hear where the dogs are and to be alert to any wildlife that I might run into. But really, how can you enjoy the great outdoors and the wonder of mother nature if you are plugged in? I will admit to listening to music or watching a movie while on the treadmill for extended periods of time....
Shari Mernett 7/15/12 9:22 pm