Four tips for peak milage season

Tips

Well ladies, it’s September, and the Reebok Boston 10K for Women is now less than two weeks away. We are now in peak-mileage-mode as you gear up for the 6.2-mile race on October 8, and we know that of all the runners we’ll welcome to Boston Common on race day, no two are alike.

But, for Olympians and beginners alike, there are some similarities – like the importance of September training. We sat down with Reebok footwear project manager and former Division 1 runner Jessie Petersen for some guidance before you take on your longest runs!

Jessie Petersen, Reebok Footwear Project Manager

What would you tell someone who is preparing to run further than she has ever run before?

JP: Go out a little slower than you think you should. Picking up the pace half way though the run is a much more enjoyable running experience and usually leads to a better time than going out too fast and trying to hold on.

What if you can’t run with someone for this long run – but are instead taking it on solo – what are some things to remember as you set out?

JP: Mantras are very helpful. What is a phrase or a word or a person that motivates you? Hold onto that phrase/word and write it on your wrist. This keeps you motivated when the race gets tough.

What if something doesn’t feel right after I’ve started?

JP: Stop for 5 minutes – drink some water and reevaluate how you feel. If something is still off, call it a day. You will not lose fitness with one day’s rest.

What if I feel really good towards the end of my run? What if I feel really bad towards the end of my run?

JP: Many things can affect how you feel on your run day to day. Before setting out, try to evaluate your readiness for that run (Have I hydrated well? Have I eaten enough? Have I been training hard or did I take a workout class recently?). This will help set your expectations. If you did all the correct things before your run and something still feels off, it might be time for a rest day.