Got a big race goal coming up? If so, you can use other races to train for it. What this means is that you can use a series of races as building blocks to the bigger event. Suppose you have set your goal to do well in the Run for the Water 10-Miler, which takes place on November 5, 2017 in downtown Austin.
Your weekly training continues as usual, but instead of your weekly Wednesday speed session, you chop that down to no more than four-six 400-meter repeats, and then race on Saturday.
- In this case you might try the Catalyst Trail Run 5k/10K in Cedar Park at 3300 Brushy Creek Road on Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m. This is a low-key event on a flat course, which gives you the chance to get in a hard effort and rehearse race strategy without a lot of pressure.
- Or as an alternative, head south for the Race for the Stars 5K at Fuentes Elementary School (901 Goforth Road, Kyle) also on Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m.
- The Circle of Hope Community Center 5K in Pflugerville (Lake Pflugerville) on October 7 at 8:00 a.m. offers a “soft, flat unpaved course,” and would work quite well as a 5K time trial.
- Don’t like getting up early on weekends? Try the Dark Sky 10K/5K on Saturday, October 14, 8:00 p.m., at Calaveras River Bike Path at Canyon of the Eagles Resort 16942 Ranch Road 2341 in Burnet.
- On Saturday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m., jump into the Great Pumpkin Dash 5K at San Marcos Toyota (5101 IH 35 South in San Marcos.
- Try the Run for the Hills 5K/10K Saturday, October 28 at 800 a.m. at the Hays Hills Baptist Church (1401 N FM 1626 in Buda. Caution: if your goal really is the Run for the Water 10 Miler, you’ll want to hold back somewhat on this one, as it’s only a week out from your goal race.
By building races into your training, you have the opportunity to see what works in training and what works in a race. It can serve as a way to see where your fitness is and determine how your training is going. You’ll be able to practice navigating through a crowd of runners, drinking aid stations, and timing your finishing kick.