May 24, 2024

Racing? Here are your race prep basics.

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4 Racing Basics

There are a few racing basics important to keep in mind heading into your race day. Here are 4 to commit to memory:


Embrace your nerves. Many athletes experience pre-race nerves. Nerves mean the event is important to you and you want to do your best. Nerves happen with uncertainty or with the unknown. Accept your anxiety simply as part of the process. Instead of allowing nerves to paralyze you, enable them to empower you.

Master the art of letting-it-go. You’re distracted by someone along the race course? Let it go. Your pre-race ritual was interrupted? Let it go. Another athlete cut you off at the hydration station? Let it go. Focus on your race, your miles.

Stick to your race plan. Never try anything new on race day. Only do what you’ve practiced in training. Stick to your pre-race meal plan. Your clothing. Your hydration schedule. Your pace.

Visualize your finish daily. Every night before going to sleep, visualize in full detail finishing your race strong. During your race when miles become tough, play back the well rehearsed mental picture of your strong finish. You’ll be able to change your emotional/mental state mid-race and reset your resolve to keep moving forward.


Running; Not Always a Serious Matter

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Running; Not Always a Serious Matter
An Athlete’s Inspiring 160 Mile Week
Running is personal. Our bodies speak to us, we adjust and program ourselves to push harder. Mostly we run because that’s what we do. We love to run. We enjoy running. We have a sense of humor about running and our running experiences! It’s that pursuit and in this case one blogger’s passion to share her experiences with millions of followers at

Sarah Moore is her real name and on April 14, 2012 she set out to break a personal endurance record by running in two back-to-back marathons, a 200 mile relay race and another marathon all within eight days.

So why do we do we push for personal records you may ask? Because life is about having fun and enjoying ourselves! Setting goals that are outside of our comfort zone is about personal growth, as well as building confidence and self-esteem. Setting goals that are out of the box also teach important life lessons, for example not to take ourselves too seriously and that trying and do-ing is just as important as completing. These traits are wonderful benefits that carry over to all other aspects of life. Let Sarah’s energy inspire and empower you to set a goal that is so far out of your comfort zone, it provokes others to say “What are you thinking?!” Your answer to their question is simple, “Life is about enjoying it, embracing all healthy living has to offer- the good, the fun, the laughter, the challenging, the setbacks and everything in between.”

Sarah started off her challenge by running the Gansett Marathon in Rhode Island. It’s the only qualification-only marathon in the world. Two days later she ran the Boston Marathon in a heat wave – it was 90 degrees by the finish. On April 20th she ran on a Ragnar Relay Ultra team where over the course of 200 miles, she ran 41 miles and contributed to the first women’s ultra team to run it with a time of 29 hours. The following morning she ran the San Luis Obispo Marathon.

Far from being a pro runner she says, when it comes to endurance running Sarah leaves her followers in awe of her stamina and go-lucky nature to running. “I’m relaxed about my running,” says Sarah. “I have a couple running/blogging friends whose lives revolve around chasing their personal record, laboring over their 3 month training cycle, eating the exact number of carbs. No, thanks.” Sarah adds “my philosophy is that there’s always another race and running is just a part of my life, not life itself.”

Sarah was born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska and lived there until she was 14. She was brought up in a fishing family: her great-grandfather, grandfather, father and two brothers were all commercial fisherman. Once in high school she and her two brothers fished in the summers to save up money for college. Having her fill of halibut and salmon, she eventually moved to California to attend school. She now lives with her husband in Orange County, CA where the weather permits her to run nearly every day of the year. 

She inspires thousands in her running-focused blog. “I’m honest and open with a lot of taboo topics that other bloggers won’t touch,” she says.  “For example, I have no problem talking about my weight, weight loss/gain and body image because I’m really comfortable with myself.  Every woman wants to read about those things, how to lose weight, etc, but no one will admit to it because everyone’s quick to criticize emotionally-charged subjects.”

So, what’s next for Sarah? She is looking forward to running marathons in Chicago and New York. She is also considering running in two more ultra relays, possibly with a five man team instead of six, making it, of course, tougher and longer. For more information on Sarah Moore, and to read her blog go to