Make your Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event a success with ASICS Runkeeper run guide

Looking for the right tool to help you prepare for your Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event? The ASICS Runkeeper app has got your back! Not only do they have training plans that are customized to your schedule, they also have run guides tailored to your distance full of tips to help make your Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend event a success.

Until race day, all participants can receive a free trial of the premium version of the Runkeeper Go™ subscription* with access to training plans and more. Register now >>

The run guide provides you with tips and advice on goal setting, why you should have goals and how to set your own. Goal-setting in general has proven to have immense benefits and power. Goals hold us accountable, give us purpose, and demand our concerted effort and commitment. They serve as a reward system—they reinforce positive habits and behaviors both while we’re trying to accomplish them and after we accomplish them. Running goals, in particular, give us motivation and allow us to tailor our training to achieve the outcomes we want. Plus, they keep us going when we feel like giving up.  

Training for a race, regardless of the distance, is like embarking on a journey. It requires preparation, time, and commitment—and at times, especially the beginning, that can feel daunting. Not everyone considers themselves a “runner,” and it’s easy to get discouraged if you’re new to running, or if your expectations of training don’t align with your reality. 

That said, the hardest part of any training cycle is taking the first step—and the ASICS Runkeeper run guide can make it easier for you. 

Find your free ASICS Runkeeper run guide here:

5K Run Guide

10K Run Guide

Half Marathon Run Guide

Marathon Run Guide

Before you can start training for a road race, you have to get your hands on some running gear. Now, it may seem straightforward—you only need sneakers and headphones, right?—but your gear plays a major role in your performance, both during your training and on race day itself. In the run guide, you can find tips about the best gear and apparel for your needs.

We can’t talk about running, or really any form of exercise, without talking about injuries. Running places a high demand on our bodies—it requires a large number of our muscles and bones to function in specific ways—which means there is room for error and injury. Injuries are unpredictable and sometimes inevitable (even the healthiest of individuals get injured), but there are measures you can take to minimize your risk of injury, and ways to heal injuries that can speed up your recovery. Runkeeper’s resident physical therapist and long-time runner Rachel Tavel, PT, DPT, CSCS, gives her advice on staying injury-free throughout race training. 

If there’s one universal truth in this world, it’s that everyone loves to eat. And like most activities, running requires energy, which means we need fuel for it—aka we have to eat! Learning to “eat like a runner” is a crucial part of the race training journey and a truly enjoyable part at that! In the run guide you’ll glean valuable advice from Runkeeper nutrition expert Cara Schrager, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE, and master the art of race training nutrition.

Training for a race is a journey—it’s a challenging, fulfilling, and worthwhile experience that will teach you quite a lot about yourself if you see it through. In the event that your motivation dwindles during your training, come back to the ASICS Runkeeper run guide for expert tips and to remind yourself that it’s part of the process. No one is motivated 24/7, but with the right tools and mindset, nothing can stop you!

Finally, when race day is on the horizon, you’re coming up on the end of your training plan, and you’re wondering what else you can do to prepare for your race. The run guide will help you prepare your mind and care for your body in the days leading up to the race. Outlining what the week before your race, the day before your race, and the day of your race should look like. This can be the difference between feeling confident or feeling unprepared. 

Pro Tip: Start your Runkeeper training plan 12-20 weeks before race day to get a plan that fits best for your schedule. Marathon training plans must be 12 weeks in length at minimum and half marathon training plans must be 10 weeks in length at minimum**

**REGISTER FOR TAMARACK OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND and receive your free trial! This offer expires on May 29, 2022.