Distance Runners - What You Should Do Before Your First Rosh Run
Race! The most common response is, "What about a race! It sounds like a good idea, I've never done it but my friend says I should." Well, he's not wrong. But before you begin plotting your way into the end of a bike race (hint: you do not need a bike) you will need to check into what kind of training you would need to implement.
If you are fit and have been running for some time you may find it easier to use the same routine as someone who is less prepared. The simple truth is that the fastest way to build up your speed is to run! You can still make a huge difference to your endurance by combining long distance running with some form of interval training. Interval training provides a continuous feedback loop that helps you get used to your body's ability to recover in a small window of time after a hard workout. To get the most out of a Rosh Run try running at two miles per hour slower than your normal running pace. These are the kind of results that will stay with you for a while.
So if you are considering a race or something similar, make sure you make time for your fitness level, if you have to leave early from work don't go too fast, slow down enough to feel comfortable and understand that it will be a marathon. Now, all of this isn't to say that you should not have fun while running, just that the faster you go the more enjoyment you will miss. Remember, races, especially marathons are stressful events. So be prepared for this because just like with any type of racing you need to come in at a comfortable speed for comfort. Try doing some running that puts you in that race and you'll soon see the difference.