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adidas KOTR: Tips to Step Up Your Game and Run Longer Distances

adidas-kotrIt is exactly one week to go before the much anticipated adidas King of The Road foot race and I am really excited about this run because it will be my first time to run 16.8K. I started serious running some 8 months ago and made a mistake of running 21k without proper training. I finished the race alright, but how I wish I trained more and started with a shorter distance.

Prior to my 21K race last year, my last fun run was actually the adidas King of the Road 2010. I ran the 5K back then and finished it at around thirty-five-ish minutes. Next week, adidas KOTR will be featuring the 10K and 16.8K because the organizers know how the Filipino running community has evolved and now fancy the much longer distances.

“To provide a more complete race experience, adidas will be focusing on the 10K and 16.8K distances. This change is a response to the running community in the Philippines, which has grown in both number and performance through the years,” states Jason Gervasio, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager of adidas Philippines.

So if you are joining the adidas KOTR this July 7 and registered to either 10K or 16.8K then you know that you have that passion to succeed and you want to push your self achieve more, to run more. So how does one step up their game from running fun runs to a more serious 10K and 16.8K? Here are some simple tips to get to the finish line:

Pre-Run Regimen
Conditioning your body is vital when preparing for a race. A good warm up can be what separates you from having a good run or a great run. Stretching before and after running helps loosen up muscles to prevent strain and injury.

Train your mind
Running may be mostly physical, but it is also somewhat a mental challenge. Half the battle is understanding your obstacles, not just to help you cross the finish line, but to complete the race with a smile on your face. Discipline your mind, and your body is sure to follow.

Take a break
When you’re training, whether it’s for a marathon, 10K, 5K, or even your first 3K, taking breaks is crucial. Your muscles need time to build and repair themselves. Rest is critical for your body to recover to its full potential.

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
It’s no secret that you’ll be sweating all throughout your run. Although some runners opt for sports drinks and gels, water is enough to keep you from dehydrating for shorter distances.

Strong and Steady
It’s not enough to be consistent. You have to be efficient as well. Start running at a comfortable pace, or as some like to call it, a conversational pace. Run constant short distances 3 or 4 times a week, and the actual distance you’re preparing for at least once. Don’t push yourself too hard, but instead slowly increase your speed or distance.

“There is not one exact surefire way to train for a race, whether it’s your first, your fifth or even your hundredth. It’s a different experience for every person, and we at adidas, just try to provide opportunities for people to come together and run”, says Adrien Semblat, Brand Activation Manager of adidas Philippines.

Step up your game and pick up the pace with adidas King of the Road 2013 happening on July 7, 2013. For more news and updates on adidas King of the Road 2013, visit adidaskingoftheroad.com/ph and www.facebook.com/adidas, or follow the conversation with #KOTRPH2013

Supporting this year’s race are sponsors Summit Water, 100 Plus, Sennheiser, EO Optical, adidas Bodycare, L Timestudio, and Century Tuna.

See you at the finish line!