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SFTC Summer Training Program: Training Tips - Week 7
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Jogging Group Tip of the Week - The topic this week is Pressure.

All of us have favorite courses, and many of us are fairly compulsive people. Let's admit it, that's one reason we are drawn to the sport of running. We can monitor our progress day to day, week to week, workout to workout. That's all fine, but be careful that you don't put too much pressure to improve every time you head out the door.

Don't fall into the trap of getting upset if you don't run faster with each run. You're setting yourself up for added stress and possible disappointment. Many factors can play into a daily run - weather, fatigue, work stress, family activities, previous day's yard work, etc, etc. So don't racing yourself each time out. Save the races for race day.

It's better to measure your progress at races and planned workouts. Soooo, run different courses. Vary your workouts. Turn off the watch occasionally and just enjoy the run. Have fun!

Track Group Tip of the Week - Have a Race Plan

When you go to a race, have a plan. Don't just show up at the starting line and see what happens. That can lead to disaster. For example, for a 10k race, think yourself through each of the 6.2 miles. Think about each mile and how the course goes and how you should be running each mile. Elevation changes? Shade? Sun? Crowds? You'll have good and bad sections in each race, and if you have a race plan, it will help you keep your focus through it all. Don't create a race plan DURING a race!

With that said, you still need to be flexible, because a race won't always go according to plan. It might be hotter than you expected. It might be hillier. You might go out too fast and you have to adjust the remaining miles. You may find a pace-setting partner and key off their pace. Any number of things can happen. But if you start with a race plan, it'll be easier to  make strategic adjustments.