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;
- “First and foremost, you need to have the right gear, especially the running shoes so as to prevent being injured.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.