Long and short distance races are coming up in Rexburg. How can you prepare for them? Here are some tips and tricks you can do to prepare for these runs.

1. Create a Training Schedule

Run no farther or faster than you have to. Have a progression training model. Start gradually gaining speed and duration of your runs, according to Runnersworld.com

2. Recover, Recover, Recover

Another essential aspect is to take care of your body after intense workouts. Be sure to always stretch before and after your run. Sometimes icing your legs is necessary. Be sure to take a recovery day. Relax every couple of days, according to Runnersworld.com

3. Create a Nutrition Plan

Fill your diet with carbohydrates and protein. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated, according to livestrong.com

“Avoid foods that are high in fat, fried or have a rich sauce, as well as high-fiber foods, all of which can cause stomach problems during your run,” according to livestrong.com

Teton Dam Marathon (Austin Swenson, Scroll Archive)

Teton Dam Marathon (Austin Swenson, Scroll Archive)

 

4. Get the Right Gear

Get proper running shoes and socks. Also,use a heart rate monitor. If you plan on doing a lengthy run, get a running belt to keep your water bottles in to keep you hydrated, according to Shape.com

5. Taper Your Running

Start tapering your running two to three Weeks before the race. Taper means to not run as much as to give your body rest before the big day, according to Runnersworld.com

Running is a great way to stay healthy and create new exciting memories. Whether you are a novice or a professional, running is a great pass time.