How To Succeed
At Masters Running
Masters Running Books
Masters runners can still find themselves in a position where they can succeed
in races. Regardless of whether this success is measured in terms of simply
completing races or in finishing competitively, there are a few tips which can
help the masters runner to achieve his goals on the day of a race as well as
throughout his training. This article will offer some basic tips for masters
runners who are looking to achieve success in their racing careers.
Consistency is one of the very important aspects which can help masters runners
to excel in their chosen events. In particular masters runners should plan on
training on a regular basis. This does not mean the masters runner should revert
back to a rigorous training schedule with very few, if any, days off from
running. On the contrary the masters runner should take ample rest days during
the course of the week but should still be sure to stay in a pattern of running
at least 2-4 days per week. This will help to prevent the runner from falling
into a pattern of not running regularly. This is important because when this
happens it can be difficult for the runner to return to a regular running
Masters runners should also consider training with a partner on a regular basis.
This can be very helpful because training with a partner can not only help to
prevent the runner from skipping too many workouts but can also result in the
runner improving if he selects his training partner carefully. The training
partner may be older or younger than the runner but should be of a skill level
which is comparable to the runnerís own skill level or even slightly superior to
the runnerís skill level. This will help to motivate the runner to improve in
order to keep up with his partner.
Masters runners should also be careful to select their training goals carefully.
The goals they select should challenge the runner but should also be goals which
are achievable. Setting goals which are too lofty or unattainable can have a
detrimental impact on the runner because he may lose motivation because of the
difficulty he has attaining his goals.
Another useful tip for masters runners is to be careful to manage time well.
Younger runners may not have the same outside commitments as older runners and
as a result may have unlimited amounts of time to devote to running. However,
older runners usually have family and career obligations which vie for his time
and attention. Planning out workouts carefully and not wasting time during the
workout can help the runner to achieve his training goals without sacrificing
time with family or friends or detracting from work obligations.
Also, masters runners should take regularly scheduled breaks from competing.
Previously we mentioned the importance of not taking extended breaks from
training because this may cause the runner to fall into a pattern of not running
regularly. However, it is not necessary for masters runners to compete
continuously. Training for a specific race can be very consuming and taxes the
runner both physically and mentally. Taking periods of time where the runner is
not preparing for a particular race makes the runner free to focus on running
for fun without the stress of training for a specific race.