No matter if you're running the 5K, the full or half marathon, there are some things you shouldn't be doing before, during or after the race.
Runners shouldn’t skip a warm up.
“A lot of people don't understand it's preventing injuries. You don't want to start off cold and pull a hamstring or quad and not finish a race,” said personal training director Kristin Karit.
Stretching to get loose, and doing short drills like “high knees” can help prevent that.
Many people also skip out on breakfast, which is not good since food is fuel.
“Before the race you want to eat something, a little refined so white bread or a bagel that's not going to upset your stomach,” Karit said.
Runners also shouldn’t start the race too quickly.
“You want to pace yourself. People get so excited to be at the race. It’s a great day, everyone is cheering you on and you start off too fast and they end up teetering out at the end of the race,” Karit said.
After crossing the finish line, stretching is needed.
Before running again, Karit suggests resting for two or three days so the body can recover.
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