Runners World asks Coach Karen how to nail your next race

Runners World interviewed our very own Coach Karen this summer about how to run smarter, finish faster and have more fun at your next race.

Her first tip: Winding Roads

“If you’re gunning for a PR identify areas where roads twist and turn, and plan to run the shortest route – the tangents – for our fastest possible finish time, said coach Karen Meadows. When a course is measured, it’s done so using a straight line from the beginning to the end of a curve. Deviating from that tangent line increases the ground you cover.

Another tip: Dead Zones

“Look for stretches without entertainment or easy spectator access – and be ready to tackle them with mental games,” said coach. “Plan to think about reeling in the person ahead of you or repeat a mantra to yourself.”

Check out more of Runners World for these and other tips from Coach Karen.

Happy Trails!