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I'm reasonably fit, regularly running 10k distance without issue and with average times (based on my positions in races) but I'd like to decrease the time it takes for my body to get going, as it were, especially for the shorter races. It's not so much an issue for the longer ones though I suppose it would benefit my finish times a little.
Any specific training I can do? Is it even possible? does anyone else suffer from the same issue?
thanks in advance.
Get fitter. Do your warm-up before the race.
Doctor told me I was suffering from excersise reduced asthma, consequently I was always rubbish at the short races and passed loads late on at the long ones. He suggested a puff on the inhaler at the start, which did in fact seem to help.
Your body needs to be prepared and run hard, this can be especially pertinent if racing in the morning after sleeping and your heart rate is low. When I was running seriously in the states the team would run two miles at least four hours before a race (just to wake the body up) followed by another two miles warm up and strides before the race.
Whilst this may seem a bit over the top for some the principle is the same! you should have a sweat on before the race starts.
Does the same thing happen during training runs?
Get to the start line sweating.. before snowdon race I'd run 3 miles at 8 am.. then have breakfast, then do 10 miles on the bike fairly hard at around 11:30.. then at 13:30 2 miles fairly hard so I'd arrive at the start line already sweating..
The shorter the race the harder/longer the warm up..
Even then to some extent I still suffer it - I can't explode off the line in the same way some friends do, but the difference between the pace ultimately achieved and the initial pace for similar effort is smaller if I'm well warmed up.
Thanks everyone. I thought it might be the case of a longer warm up but was kind of hoping it would be the case that the time to get going would decrease the fitter I became. how naive of me!
Must try harder to warm up beforehand!
That might well help to open out your bronchioles and improve oxygen delivery even if you don't have exercise induced asthma!
You call that a warm up? f*ckin'ell!
what's the reason for the 8 am run ?
It gets your body going.
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