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10 Best Racing Shoes Reviewed & Tested

last updated Sep 24, 2018

The best racing running shoes may have attributes that are different from regular running shoes and that will help you be effective, whatever the race. Check out our guide on the best racing running shoes to find something just right for your upcoming race day.

For racers, ideal footwear needs to provide comfortable support in a lightweight, breathable package. Racing running shoes need to be flexible, and responsive enough to tackle and endure whatever the road throws at you. Many companies have branched out over the years, producing footwear that meets the needs of specific activities–this includes shoes specifically designed for running races.

We’ve put together our top choices for racing running shoes based on our own personal rankings and analysis of many positive and critical reviews from verified customers. We’ve included some of our criteria below along with relevant FAQs to help give you the information you need to make the best buying decision for you. So let’s jump right in and check out what we came up with and what will be the best racing running shoe for you!

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Last Updated: September 12, 2018
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We have updated to a new layout so feel free to look around the new website. It is much easier to locate information, and easier to see the top ten shoes on our list. We compiled the best racing shoes we could find, and with the high quality shoes on this list you are sure to find the right pair for you. Don't forget to check out the FAQ section for extra information.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Nike Flyknit Racer
  • ASICS GEL-DS Racer 11
  • Altra Escalante
  • Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11
  • Newton Distance Elite
  • ASICS GEL Hyper Speed 7
  • Saucony Type A8
  • UA SpeedForm Apollo 2
  • Nike Flex RN 2018
  • Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 6
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Top 10 Picks

1. Nike Flyknit Racer

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Nike Flyknit Racer
Comfort
96
Durability
93
Price
90
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Pros:

Lightweight & highly breathable

Air Zoom unit located in heel for added comfort

The diamond treaded outsole offers pretty good traction

Balanced combination of cushioning and responsiveness

Good flexibility

Flywire thread provides good support

Great durability

Allows for a good amount of spring in your step

Works well in different weather conditions (rain, or dry)

Cons:

Expensive

Sizes may run narrow

As we have seen before, Nike’s Flyknit Racer once again takes first across the finish line. This rather simplistic yet sleek design has quite a bit going for it. There's a lot more to say about these, so open the rest of the review below and check it out.

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Comfort / Stability
Part of the Flyknit family of running shoes, the Racer also has an upper from Nike’s innovative and breathable materials which conform nicely to the wearer’s foot, providing a confident fit. This is extremely important when your goal is to win. Large, loose or clunky footwear is obviously never an ideal choice when you are going for speed and endurance. At first glance you’ll notice that these do not have reinforcing overlays around the upper. The Flyknit construction is done so there are some areas which are sparsely knit to allow airflow, and others sections which are more tightly woven to provide stronger support.

Moving down to the midsole technology, which is made with Nike’s Phylon and Lunarlon foam. This premium lightweight cushioning system provide prolonged comfort to get you through long races, as well as exceptional ground control and responsiveness. In addition to the Lunarlon, These also have something that this company has been been successfully marketing their products around for years. These have an Air Zoom unit located in the forefoot for added cushion, as well as shock absorption.

Finally we come to the shoe’s outsole, which is designed for road racing. The waffleskin material has race specific diamond patterned treads for optimum traction for competitive situations.

Durability / Quality
In all, these offer the right amount of responsive control and lightweight cushioning to get a runner through any type of road race. These probably won’t provide suitable traction for off-road running or rough trails, but that’s not what they’re built for. These are still fairly new, but have already gained a decent following of impressed runners.

Cost or Value
The Flyknit Racer will set you back a bit in terms of cost, but most of us probably don’t expect newer models from this company to be cheap. Overall, They seem to be worth their price tag.

2. ASICS GEL-DS Racer 11

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88
ASICS GEL-DS Racer 11
Comfort
93
Durability
86
Price
85
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$60.84
Pros:

Excellent breathability

Lightweight

Great amount of cushioning for such a low profile build

Seamless upper prevents irritation spots around the interior

Amazing flexibility

DuoSole technology provides great traction

Rearfoot gel cushioning system absorbs shock

Solyte midsole provides cushioning

Perforated sockliner adds comfort

Cons:

Not the cheapest option

Some complaints of comfortability issues with the heel

With a clearly more minimal design, The DS Racer differs a bit from most other models from ASICS. Not only is the upper a little more low profile, but the sole doesn’t appear as thick as some of ASICS’ other running footwear. These are obviously built for speed.

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Comfort / Stability
We will work our way down, starting with the upper of this shoe. The seamless design is constructed of a very lightweight, breathable mesh material. It is reinforced with welded overlays that provide additional support as well as durability and form.

Moving down, the dual density midsole, which is built from the lightweight Solyte material and coupled with their Duomax system to provide added midsole support to meet specific running requirements. And of course, we can’t leave out the patented GEL cushioning that ASICS is known for.

The outsole is not an aggressive one, but does seem to offer plenty of road traction. Also, when you turn the shoe upside down, you’ll find a few ventilation ports under the forefoot to help keep the DS Racers reasonably breathable.

Generally, the customer reviews of this newer version of the DS Racer are quite positive, there are a few, although a small amount, that suggest that there are some issues with the back of the heel causing uncomfortable rubbing and irritation while running. However, the majority of the customer feedback has been complimentary, giving this on the number two spot on our list.

Durability / Quality
Asics high-abrasion rubber provides great durability and is made with quality materials. This running shoe will last a long time.

Cost or Value
The price of this running shoe runs average to expensive in cost.

3. Altra Escalante

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Altra Escalante
Durability
85
Price
75
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$139.95
Pros:

Lightweight construction

Altra EGO midsole technology for optimal cushioning and comfort

Durable

Flexible, thanks to the shoe's knit upper

Wide toe box

Zero drop platform

Cons:

Expensive

Size runs big for some users

The Altra Escalante is a neutral road running shoe that is sure to give you an additional speed advantage during your races. It’s lightweight, comfortable, and flexible features will keep you going and help you shred your times. These shoes utilize Altra’s unique Zero Drop Platform without sacrificing comfort—which is a difficult thing to achieve.

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Comfort / Stability

The Altra Escalante shoes is a lightweight, flexible, and comfortable option that can provide many advantages to all types of runners, specifically to those who want to improve their racing times. These shoes feature 25mm of cushioning along Altra’s EGO midsole for optimal cushioning and comfort—which can help with Plantar Fasciitis symptoms as well!

These shoes also feature a wide toe box, so it is comfortable even for those with wider feet or for longer races! The upper portion of the shoe uses knit fabric, which allows for optimal flexibility and a glove-like fit.

The shoe’s most unique comfort feature is its Fit4Her technology—which allows the female version of the shoe to provide a product perfectly tailored to the needs of the female foot.

Durability / Quality

Runners who use the Altra Escalante have found these shoes to be reliable and durable—with some runners reporting to use them for 200-300 miles before encountering any significant issues with the integrity of the shoe.

The outsoles of the shoe utilize a black rubber compound—this provides adequate protection from wear and tear experienced from running outdoors as well as presents the EGO cushioning, used by the shoe, from breaking down prematurely.

The durable tread provides additional stability and energy return during your runs—allowing you to perform to the best of your ability every time.

Cost or value
These shoes come at a high-cost, but are well=worth every penny given all of he features they provide.

4. Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.5
Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11
Durability
86
Price
85
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Pros:

Lightweight construction

Improves your race time

Air Mesh upper for breathability

U4icX midole for optimal comfort

AP+ technology for midolse comfort and durability

X10 Carbon rubber outsoles for increased durability

Dynamotion Fit technology for optimal responsiveness

PEbax Rnew plate for support and stability

Cons:

Sizing is about a half a size to large for some users

The Mizuno Wave Ekiden 11 running shoes are specifically designed for shedding time and giving you a speed advantage during your races. Their lightweight nature, minimalistic design, and effective responsiveness make these shoes a perfect option for racers.

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Comfort / Stability
These shoes utilize Mizuno’s U4ic and AP+ technology to provide runners with optimal comfort while also enhancing their performance during their races. The use of these two features provides you with adequate cushioning without sacrificing the responsiveness or lightweight features of the shoe.

The upper portion of the shoes utilizes DynamotionFit technology, which allows the shoe to provide you with a glove-like fit—as well as increased responsiveness.

Although this a minimalistic shoe, it provides excellent shock absorption as well as smooth transitions—both of which allow you to run faster for extended periods of time.

Durability / Quality
The Ekiden 11 shoes are highly durable and long-lasting shoes. They utilize X10 carbon rubber for the outsole of the shoe---which heavily protects them from the gradual wear and tear they are frequently exposed as well as improves the shoe’s overall traction.
The AP+ technology used in the midsole also boosts the life of the midsole—without sacrificing the amount of cushioning provided.

Cost or Value
These shoes are about mid-range price for racing shoes. The features and durability they offer are well worth their retail price.

5. Newton Distance Elite

Newton Distance Elite
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$155.00
Pros:

Lightweight

Quick drying upper mesh

EVA heel

Action/Reaction midfoot

Assymetrical lacing system

Glove like fit

Several color options

Cons:

High cost

Break in period

Specifically for road racing

Regardless of whether you are looking for a race day running shoe, or simply a training shoe, the Newton Distance Elite are guaranteed to improve your race times and help you deliver optimal results. These shoes are a top choice among racers and racing teams, and their results never disappoint. These Newtons are lightweight, comfortable, and incredibly responsive.

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Comfort / Stability
These race shoes were designed to fit your foot like a glove. They also provide you with a wide toe box—which is perfect for runner’s with wide feet as well as for long-distance runners. While these shoes do not provide a high amount of cushioning, they do provide adequate padding in the front portion of the shoe as well as a sufficient amount in the heel and mid-section.

The utilization of Action/Reaction lugs on the shoe’s outsole also provide an additional amount of cushioning for additional cushioning and optimal protection.

Durability / Quality
These Newton’s are designed for front striking runners—although they do work for heel strikers as well. However, if you tend to heel strike these shoes will wear out a lot quicker because of their lack of considerable rubber layering in the heel portion of the shoe. If you run on more technical, or trail-like, terrain these shoes will also wear out much quicker.

These shoes do have considerable durability if you run on level terrain or participate in road races.

Overall these shoes help you greatly improve your race times and, if you don’t use them for consistent training, they will last you for many many miles.

Cost or value
High cost, but well-worth the price if you truly seek to improve your race times significantly.

6. ASICS GEL Hyper Speed 7

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.5
ASICS GEL Hyper Speed 7
Comfort
90
Durability
85
Price
90
Stability
85
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$89.99
Pros:

Improved guidance line enhances efficiency

Drainage holes in sole

Ideal for long distance runs

Lighter weight than previous versions

AHAR rubber outsole is quite durable

Rearfoot gel cushioning system absorbs impact

Seamless designs prevents irritation

Highly breathable

Cons:

Too large of a toe box for some

Rocks can collect in the grooves and drainage holes

You know, of course, that ASICS is going to have a couple of entries in this guide, being the running shoe giant that they are. The GEL-Hyper Speed, like the name suggests, it meant for speed. Therefore, the overall design of this one is going to be less bulkier than the trainers and many other models from this company.

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Comfort / Stability
The seamless upper is put together with flowing mesh, and is clear of internal irritation points. There are the typical welded overlays, which provide additional support and proper fit. These also have a perforated sockliner that works well with moisture drainage and improved airflow.

The SpEVA combined with the vented Magic Sole midsole allows the shoe to remain lightweight, well cushioned and breathable. The midsole on this model provides a bit firmer of a platform than previously. Although probably obvious, we still can’t forget to mention the ASICS’ GEL system in the rearfoot to reduce the impact of heel strikes.

Durability / Quality
The DuraSponge outsole is wrapped in their AHAR abrasion resistant compound for greater durability throughout continuous use. The traction on these is definitely best suited for road racing. These are probably not the best choice for the trails or obstacle races.

Despite a small amount of negative feedback from a few users, these definitely belong here. ASICS continuously puts out quality products that remain among the top choices with runners of all types.

Cost or Value
The price of the ASICS Gel Hyper Speed 7 is quite affordable.

7. Saucony Type A8

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87
Saucony Type A8
Durability
89
Stability
85
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$57.36
Pros:

IBR+ for cushioning and durability

Lightweight

Excellent shock absorption

Air mesh upper for breathability

Improves speed

Adequate cushioning

Saucony Super Lite EVA and FLEXFILM overlays for additional durability, comfort, and flexibility

Affordable price

Cons:

Debris gets stuck in the shoe's drain holes

The Saucony Type A8 is the most current version in the Type A series. These Saucony running shoes are a lightweight, comfortable, and responsive option for runners specifically looking to improve their speed. These minimalistic shoes will help you crush your PR's and reach the running goals you set for yourself.

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Comfort / Stability
These shoes provide runners with a glove-like fit and follow the natural stride of your foot. These shoes feature super lightweight FLEXFILM overlays on a mesh upper, an SSL (Saucony Super Lite) EVA midsole and PWRTRAC outsole. These patented Saucony materials will help to improve your reaction time and overall race time-without having to sacrifice an ounce of comfort. These shoes also provide sufficient cushioning to provide adequate comfort, without sacrificing their lightweight property.

Durability / Quality
Since these shoes are designed for short distance racing, some of the durable features were sacrificed in order to increase the runner's speed. However, the unique SSL EVA and PwrTrac outsole provide the shoe with the maximum durability without having to sacrifice speed or comfort.

Cost or Value
These shoes are at a mid-range price and are definitely worth the cost if you are looking for a shoe that will significantly improve your race times.
PROS

8. UA SpeedForm Apollo 2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
79
UA SpeedForm Apollo 2
Stability
79
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$95.95
Pros:

Extremely lightweight

Dual layer cushioning

Innovative UA SpeedForm technology

Arch reinforcement construction for precise fit & foot guidance

Smooth, ultrasonic welded seaming with Bemis tape for support & comfort

Perforated upper with ultrasonic seal for durable breathability

Cons:

Runs a little small

If you have been looking for good shoes for racing, here we go with Under Armour Speed form Apollo 2. They will be perfect for road racing. This is the newest model. These shoes are said to be one of the greatest shoes from Under Armour. Let us show you the features.

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Comfort / Stability
This is a shoe for neutral runners so if you have problem with over pronation, this may be not a good idea to buy them. The shoes are very lightweight and that really helps you to boost your speed. There’s 8 mm heel to toe drop. As the midsole is dual-layer, there’s much more cushioning and this is what makes these shoes really comfortable. For more stability, there’s also additional protection for the arch. These have seamless construction so you can even wear them without socks. Lace up closure makes it much more easier to put them on and off.

Durability / Quality
Under Armour added additional rubber on the outsole so now the shoes are much more durable. However, there were some reviewers that that complained about the durability of these shoes. The sole is made from rubber so it’s also an advantage.

Cost or Value
The price is very reasonable. This is high quality shoe and it’s not expensive at the same time.

Look
These have typical look of racing shoes. They have sleek silhouette which makes feet look nicer. The sporty look of these shoes is nice with a combination of the whole running outfit. There are many colors available on the market.

9. Nike Flex RN 2018

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.7
Nike Flex RN 2018
Comfort
85
Durability
78
Stability
85
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$94.78
Pros:

Dynamic Flywire cables deliver a locked-down fit.

Tri-star out-sole pattern enhances flexibility

Minimal heel design is made with soft foam to secure the back of your foot while allowing natural movement.

Cons:

Runs a little small

The Nike Flex Rn 2018 replace the 2017 version of this popular racing shoe and are another excellent option for runners looking to improve their race times. These shoes increase your speed without sacrificing any comfort, flexibility, or durability.

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Comfort / Stability
The Flex RN has become a top choice among cross-country runners. They deliver an exceptional level of comfort and require a very short break in period. Their removable insole allows you to choose your level of comfort and flexibility as well as adequate arch support.

Durability / Quality
Over time Nike has improved the durability of these shoes, and they are now considered to be a long-lasting option for runners. The shoe's midsole utilizes EVA Foam Pellets and a rubber outsole to protect the shoe from wear and tear and prolong the overall life of the shoe.

Cost or Value
These shoes are affordable and offer a variety of styles and color options.

10. Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.3
Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 6
Comfort
86
Durability
85
Price
88
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$83.88
Pros:

The fit is great, especially in the heel section

Lightweight

Comfortable

Cons:

You may encounter little problems with sizing

Fairly expensive tag

Winning a racing competition isn’t an easy thing especially if you don’t have good shoes. That’s why we want to present Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 6. These shoes will be best for running on the road. They are available in many sizes. Here we go!

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Comfort / Stability
These shoes have special Midsole Torsion System to provide your feet more stability. These shoes should be also more comfortable for those who have wide feet. The shoes are very lightweight so they will be great for tempo runs. These shoes have also great traction, you can easily run in them even if there’s a lot of water on the pavement. These shoes are for neutral runners so that’s not a good choice for people with over pronation. There’s a lot of cushioning in the midfoot. There’s special Microfit that helps the feet to stay in place.

Durability / Quality
Reviewers said that the outsole is very durable. These shoes are said to last for a very long time.

Cost or Value
When it comes to the price, these shoes aren’t the least expensive on our list. On average, the price is above 100 dollars so it may be a lot for some of you. On the other side, this is a high quality shoe, made from very good materials and it makes your running much easier so why not to test it out?

Look
These shoes are great for those who love stylish shoes. There are available in different colors but we really like the classic look of Adidas shoes. They look sporty and very light so your legs and feet also seems to look much more better.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

Comfort is one of the top priorities for runners when looking for new shoes. You want to be sure that whatever pair accompanies you on race day will be able to keep up with you no matter where you place. You’ll want shoes that have well-cushioned insoles or even removable insoles so you can add inserts that will provide the most comfort. Some padded collars will offer good support while others will be awkward or cause too much friction. There are plenty of factors that go into how comfortable your shoes are and it can be very individualized and preferential. It’s always a good idea to try running in a pair of race shoes before you expect them to perform in an actual race, just to get an idea of how comfortable (or uncomfortable) they are and if you need to adjust or maybe just ditch them altogether.

Style

While style is definitely a personal preference and not a priority when it comes to racing running shoes it can still be important to have plenty of choices and the opportunity to invest in something that has personality. Some shoes will have more color options than others, some will come in solid neutrals, and some might even have a variety of patterns. Some brands will have several pairs of quality running shoes that all have different logo placement and size which might be appealing if brand loyalty is important to you or if you prefer not to endorse any specific brand while you’re trying to focus on your run. It’s all up to you but it’s definitely something we still take into account when reviewing shoes.

Durability

Typically, runners want shoes that will last more than one or 2 good runs. The average running shoe lasts between 400 and 600 miles. There plenty of qualities a shoe might have or lack that will extend its life, like quality uppers, sturdy rubber soles, and well cushioned insoles. The life of your shoes can also be lengthened depending on how you care for them, so it’s important to find shoes that will be easy to care for and have quick dry material or a waterproof finish.

Price

Cost and efficiency do not always go hand in hand. You want to be able to strike a balance between budget and quality. High-cost shoes don’t necessarily mean better quality but generally, you’ll have to spend a little more to get something that will perform well and last. The best racing running shoes will have lots of beneficial features while being reasonably affordable. The more value you’ll get out of a pair of shoes the more the cost might be worth it.

Support

Some prefer more supportive shoes than others, but there are still important basics of support that every racing running shoe should have to be efficient. Arch and heel support, a snug fit, and good midsole cushioning are all necessary for stability and comfort. Watch out for shoes that are lacking support–flimsy or loose shoes could spell out an accident for runners.

Flexibility

Running with a stiff shoe isn’t very fun and flexibility can be key to speed runners on race day. You want a shoe with support, but that also has enough give that you won’t be restricted. Natural movement will help you propel yourself forward without overthinking and won’t leave your joints and muscles stiff and hurting the day after a race.

Other Factors to Consider

Bottom Line

Things to do BEFORE a Race:
1. Make Sure You Know Where the Race Is:

You don’t want to panic and try to scramble to get where you need to be on the day of the race. Search the website for an address and make sure you plot it in your GPS as well so you can be well prepared, or print it out to be on the safe side.

2. Try some Carbs:

Eating small amounts of complex carbohydrates throughout the day will give you more energy for the race. You’ll want to be careful to not overload on carbs though. Your last full meal should be 48 hours before you run. You’ll want to avoid alcohol and fatty foods too.

3. Set a Goal:

If you don’t set a goal, how will you know what you wish to accomplish during your race? It would be a good idea to have backup goals to, because mother nature cannot always be predictable. You can set pacing goals. You should have a plan for what you intend to do when you become overtired, or the unexpected happens. So if you fall, or your shoes come untied you’ll be well prepared and already quite decisive on what the next step is.

4. Make Sure your Electronic Devices are Charged:

It would be a real bummer to get to the race and then realize those power songs that help you get through your run won’t be available. Make sure whatever electronic devices you plan to use (iPod, Fitness trackers etc.) are charged and ready to go.

5. Pack your Race Day Bag:

You’ll want to do this the night before so you have everything ready. There’s nothing worse than rushing around and causing yourself more panic on race day. Pick everything out that you plan to wear the next, put all your running accessories together, and make sure you have your water bottle ready. This will allow you to have a great start to the day. Include your pre-fuel race items as well.

6. Become Familiar with the Race Course:

If you’ve never run in the race, or even if you have it’s a good idea to check out the race course so you are familiar with it. Get there early so you can check out the course, walk the course a few days prior to running, or familiarize your self with it via a map or online. Whatever works best for you.

7. Double your Water Intake:

The day before your race you want to double your intake of water. You’ll also want to make sure you drink plenty of fluids in the morning before running your race. This will prevent dehydration.

8. Stay off your Feet:

You don’t want to overdo it and compete in back to back races. If you are preparing for a race you’ll want to rest your feet as much as possible without becoming a couch potato.

9. Get a Good Night’s Sleep:

Sleep is so important so your body can function properly. Getting a good night’s sleep the night before is essential, but so is making sure you’re sleeping well that whole week of the race.

10. If Nervous, Do Breathing Exercises:

Often, runners can become anxious or nervous at competitions. If you find yourself becoming anxious you should do some deep breathing exercises to calm yourself. To do this: take a deep breath in through your nose (count to 6 and allow your diaphragm to expand). Breathe out through your mouth (count to 7 and allow all of your breath to leave your chest). Repeat this 10 times for positive results.

Things to AVOID Before a Race:
1. Don’t Eat Too Soon Before you Run

You don’t want to cause cramps or other problems so the best thing to do is not to eat 2 hours prior to running.

2. Avoid Static Warm Up

You’ll want to do a dynamic warm-up instead. Dynamic warm-ups reduce muscle friction and can help you run faster at the start. Warm up exercises like lunges, arm, and leg swings, and light jogging are a good choice.

3. Wearing New Running Gear

It most likely won’t be a comfortable run for you if you haven’t worn your running gear before. You need to gradually break in running gear items so that you don’t get blisters or chaffing from these new products.

4. Avoid Sugary Drinks

Drinking sugary drinks will cause your energy level to lower after an initial spike. You may also get dehydrated. You want to make sure you drink water and lots of it while staying away from sugary drinks.

5. Over-Hydrating

If you drink too much water the day of the race, most likely you will find yourself needing to use the restroom frequently.

6. Don’t Become too Relaxed

You don’t want to sit on the couch all day and rest the day before your race. You’ll want to have a short workout the day before your race to keep tension down and prepare you for the big day.

7. Don’t Skip Breakfast

It’s the most important meal of the day! Make sure you have a good breakfast but don’t overstuff yourself. Have something with protein and some carbs to fuel your run.

8. Don’t Overload on Carbs

You don’t need to stuff yourself full of carbs the night before your race. In fact, the better thing to do is to graze on carbs throughout the day so that you do not cause any stomach problems. There is an exception to this rule, however, if your race will take you more than 90 minutes then you can consider getting 70% of your total calories from carbs.

9. Cut Back on Fiber

Eating too many foods that are rich in fiber can cause gas. You should attempt to cut back on foods that contain fiber 3 days before your race.

10. Staying out Late

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for having a successful race time. It’s not just the night before that will affect you. Your sleep during that entire week will take part in providing you energy (or lack of) for your run.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Is it okay to wear my brand new pair of racing running shoes to a race?
a:

You may have bought these shoes specifically for your race, but it’s always a good idea to break them in a little before you wear them on the big day. You may not be aware of all the quirks of the shoe until you spend some time actually running in them and it’s better to be prepared and able to make adjustments than be stuck in misery on the day that matters.

q: I got some new advice about running, is it okay to try it out on race day?
a:

Just like new running gear, it’s a bad idea to try out new advice on the day of the race. You want to be able to see what works for you and make adjustments so you can run and feel your best. Take some time to try out any new tips or advice during your regular workouts and routines so you know what works and what doesn’t. That way you’ll be running at your best during your race.

q: What’s the deal with Carbs?
a:

he best way to get energy is through carbs. You should graze on them throughout the day for best results during your race.

q: What do you do if your shoelaces come untied during the race?
a:

You can look up techniques on how to tie your shoes so they never come undone, or use locks for your laces, but you should always have a plan for what you will do if they come undone. Make sure you move to the side so you don’t get injured or injure others when you have to stop and tie them.

q: When should your last full meal be before a race?
a:

Typically, your last full meal should be 48 hours before the race. You can snack on foods such as carbohydrates to keep your energy up.

q: I read that I should stay off my feet the day before the race, is this true?
a:

While you do want to try and relax before the big day, you don’t want to become a complete couch potato. Make sure you get some exercise the day before.

Sources

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