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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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A Word about Strength Training
Posted Friday, October 31st, 2014
Strength training is important for both conditioning and injury prevention. I lifted weights and/or use exercise machines regularly in the... 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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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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Intake of fluids while racing in a Marathon
Saturday, September 29th, 2012
I used this advice and took 18 minutes off my PR
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by Jesse Crandall  Victory Loves Preparation ! I pride myself on always trying to learn something new about my sport that I love so much ! I came up with new information regarding proper hydration while running/racing in a marathon ! Here is what I learned to be a success. I drank WATER ONLY for the first half of the matrathon....then.....on the back end....13 miles straight to the finish, I incorporated a sport drink, Goo's, Energy bars.....The reason....is that at the start your body is ready ! You have eaten & hydrated yourself so that you can stand at the starting line ! There is no need for SUGAR! Your body is NOT CRAVING the stuff! NOT YET anyway ! Your good until midway....the 13th mile & beyond.

This is when your brain tells you....SUGAR, CARBS....now is when you begin to ingest a sport drink of your choice so that you give the body what it is craving! Any sooner, like at the beginning, risks the effects of a "doughnut high," you'll get that tired feeling....and ...it will affect your performance! I practiced this new theory....I took 18 minutes off my PR.....I ran like a REEBOK..... (what is a REEBOK) Look it up ! A lot of people don't know what it is! It's good for a beer at your favorite watering hole ! guaranteed ! ') BaaaaZiinnng !


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Learn From Your Races
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
"Your races are like taking a test"
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by Barry Anderson Ujena Fit Club Coach  In an earlier tip, we had talked about how writing a review of your good races can be a benefit when preparing for future races. The memory recall of feeling strong and competing well during a past performance can prove to be a psychological boost.

You can also learn a great deal about your training progress from your races…both good and bad races. When you run well, you gain reassurance that your workouts are, at least, meeting expectations. Chances are, your bad races will reveal specific deficiencies in your training program. Evaluate how you felt during these difficult races at various points. Did the pace seem too fast to handle during the first third of the race? Probably some faster tempo runs and some interval/fartlek would be helpful. Or, maybe you did start too fast and need to work on race pace feel during workouts. Did that hill in the second third of the race seem to take the strength out of your legs. Add some hill training, and even some weight training, to improve your overall strength. What about your finish? Were you able to maintain a solid pace in the final third of the race…and finish with a fast last 200 meters? Try adding some longer tempo runs and finish that workout with 100-200 meter strides.

Your races are like taking a test. Use them to identify your strengths and provide assurances that your training is effective. And also, use them to identify weaknesses and then incorporate appropriate training modifications to improve these areas.

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