If you're in the midst of training right now, or thinking about running a race, there are a few strategies you should keep in mind. For starters, you definitely need a training plan to be optimally prepared for whatever distance you plan to run, says Natalie Johnson, a NASM-certified trainer and running coach. Once you have a plan, then you just have to follow it — but even that can be challenging.
We asked runners in the R29 community who have trained for and run a race to share their tips for successful training. Whether you're committed to running a marathon or have your sights set on a 5K fun run, this advice will help guide you through any training plan.