Joshua Cheptegei

Ugandan long distance runner Joshua Cheptegei has offered five tips on how best you can run a road race.

The Tokyo Olympics bound 24-year-old lists some of the most important things one has to check before setting out to race on the road.

In a video shared by World Atheltics, Cheptegei explains how best one can be best prepare in this order;

  1. “First and foremost, you need to have the right gear, especially the running shoes so as to prevent being injured.”
  2. “If you are doing a hour plus run, you will need some water with you. You will need to have some food like two hours before the race.”
  3. “Not only running on the roads will help you run faster but also running off the roads. Easy runs are very important for purpose of recovery.”
  4. “The last three weeks of your preparation slow down. This will give you time to save your energy and to get ready for the race.”
  5. “Tip number five. The most important is enjoy yourself. Good luck in your race!”

Cheptegi currently holds the world road 5 km record. He set it in 2020, at a road race in Monaco when he posted 12:51.

He broke through the event’s 13-minute barrier, taking 9 seconds from the previous best time of 13:00, set by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer in 2000.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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