The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the largest 10k in the world. Becoming a participant is like winning the lottery, literally! Every year, the race conducts a lottery to determine the lucky few runners that get that coveted racer’s bib. If you were one of those lucky few, then you’ve probably been training for the big day. That’s great, because we’ve got you covered!
10 Tips For Training For The AJC Road Race
1 Run Outside
This may seem obvious, but the best thing you can do to train is to run, and running outside is even better. Atlanta is known for its rolling hills and intense heat, especially in the summer months. With the race taking place during the Fourth of July, the Atlanta heat is at its peak. Get comfortable running outside so that when race day hits, the outside weather doesn’t slow down your pace.
2. Stay Hydrated
Speaking of heat, it is important to stay hydrated during your training sessions. A great way to stay hydrated is by drinking plenty of water. One great type of water is Alkaline. Alkaline water is water that’s less acidic than regular tap water. This means it is rich in alkalizing compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.
3. Train Faster
The AJC Peachtree Road Race is a family event. That means they practice the “your race, your pace” motto. However, if you want to do your personal best then you should train slightly above the pace that you’re wanting to run. Luckily, the Atlanta Track Club provides pacers, runners that help you keep your pace during the race.
4. Strength Training
When people think of running races, the last thing that comes to mind is lifting weights. However, strength means power and if you want to become a powerful runner then you should look at adding strength training to your regimen. By simply adding at least two days of strength training, you can drastically improve your run form and your pace!
5. Invest in Shoes
An athlete’s equipment can make or break their performance. This is no different from runners, and having great shoes makes a great difference. Investing in sturdy, comfortable, and durable shoes means you can tackle the Atlanta piedmonts with ease.
6. Have a Plan
Don’t go at your training half baked. Set a goal and have a plan so that you can hold yourself accountable. Having a plan means that you can train with purpose and intent instead of just running.
7. Stay Consistent
Staying consistent can be tough, especially when training for a 10k. Training with friends or a run club can help hold you accountable and to stay consistent with your runs. Running at a designated time every day also helps with consistency. With anything in life worth working for, consistency is key.
8. Do a Dress Rehearsal
In theater, the cast will usually participate in a dress rehearsal a few times before the show. They wear the costumes, practice the lighting, and go through the show as if they were performing it to get all of the bugs out. This method of training is perfect for runners as well. From what you’re going to eat, to what you’re going to wear, practicing the logistics of race day can help you to hone in onto what it is you need to focus on.
9. Train Your Mind
Mentally prepare for the race. Relax, spend time with friends and family. Remember why you entered the race in the first place. Training for a race is just as much physical as it is mental. Don’t let your mind lead you astray. Focus, and become the master of your own mind just as you’ve become the master of your body.
10. Plan for Atlanta
If you’re from Atlanta then you know, going downtown during a Holiday weekend is a journey within itself. If you’re not from Atlanta, then you’ll quickly learn what it means. Plan ahead for Atlanta traffic and the parking situation. If it is an option, take the MARTA train or carpool. Leave earlier than normal to give you time for re-routing for the race as well as checking in and warming up.
Regardless if it’s your first race or your 50th, it’s always great to get another opinion when it comes to your training. At Midtown Trainers, we have experience running, and the over 100 finisher medals to prove it! If you don’t know where to start then give us a call and we can help you get started!