We’ve all heard the advice to treat long runs as a practice for race day. But what does that really mean?

In today’s episode I explore exactly what you should “practice” for race day, and how to go about doing just that throughout your training.

Here’s what I covered in today’s show:

  • How to plan for your practice
  • Perfecting race day nutrition
  • Your gear decisions
  • Should you worry about pacing?
  • Why you need to wake up early

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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One thought on “S2|E4: What it Means to Treat a Long Run Like a Practice Race

  1. Excellent tips. Keep them coming. Though many tips have been heard before, it is good to listen to the way you put it.

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