Race Reports

 

Writing a Race Report

It is a very a good idea to get into the habit of writing race / event reports; partly this is so that you can use such reports, like your training diary, to review your performance over time and still what can be learnt, repeated or improved.

An example (blank) Race Report

Race :

Distance :

Date :

Pre-Race Preparation :

Pre-Race Thoughts :

Lap Length :

Running Surface :

Incline / Decline :

Start Time :

Finish Time :

Weather  :

Pre-Race Routine :

Shoes :

Socks :

Fluids taken during the race :

Energy / Calories consumed Prior to the race :

Energy / Calories consumed During the race :

Sodium / Electrolytes consumed During the race :

General Observations :

Things that worked for this event :

Things that didn’t work well for this event :
Psychological Observations :

Post-Race Recovery :

Things to Improve for Next Time :

 

 


 

Additional Information

Naturally you should also record anything else that may be relevant that occurs to you.

Some data may be available to you in some types of races and under certain conditions e.g. if a race is “chip controlled” and you can request a copy of the chip data, or if you are using some form of pedometer, stop-watch etc. This might include lap times, average speed, fastest lap, slowest lap and so on. Try to develop the habit of recording all available information at all times – it may not seem relevant now but if you happen to find a use for it later you can’t go back and review it if it hasn’t been recorded!

 

Just for fun…

Below is a rough idea of the sort of data you should record, with hypothetical examples of data.

 


Race Report

Race : The Crinklewood Dash

Distance : 20 miles

Date : January 1st 1893

Pre-Race Preparation : 2 weeks pre-race taper, reducing XL by 50% per week. 3 Day rest prior to the event

Pre-Race Thoughts : Felt confident but panicked 5 mins before the start when I remembered I forgot to lock my front door this morning, luckily my wife told me she had done it and I focused on the race again. My body is a temple and my mind some sort of similar structure, perhaps a church hall or community room.

Lap Length : 1 mile

Running Surface : Stadium race with standard track surface. Uneven in places due to inaccurate shot-putting earlier in the day.

Incline / Decline : None, other than occasional pot-holes caused by the more careless shot-putters.

Start Time : 10 am

Finish Time : 1.32 pm

Weather  : Sunny, average 68 degrees F. Some clouds. Drizzle for 30 mins about mid-day. Freak blizzard for 5 mins followed by tropical spell circa 1pm.

Pre-Race Routine : 10 mins warm-up, 5 mins dynamic stretch, checked shoe laces, said prayers to all gods who may be listening. Signed last will and testiment, just in case.

Shoes : Initially planned on wearing roller-skates but was told this was against the rules. Changed to New Balance running shoes.

Socks : Cool-max weave running socks stuffed with old newspaper soaked in vinegar. Possibly a mistake.

Fluids taken during the race : 500mls water every hr; 3 pints Guinness at noon (probably a mistake).

Energy / Calories consumed Prior to the race : Full English Breakfast with extra Porridge and Black Pudding.

Energy / Calories consumed During the race : Stopped for Fish and Chips at 2pm; large portion, maybe 1500 calories. In retrospect a little heavy on the digestive system and had to walk for the next 7 laps with chronic indigestion.

Sodium / Electrolytes consumed During the race : Lots of salt on the chips, maybe 3gms

General Observations : The actual running went well but it would have been nice not to have had to walk the majority of the distance; my pace was fairly good and steady apart from the periods spent walking off lunch and staggering to the loo.

Things that worked for this event :

The shoes were comfortable, at least until the newspaper and vinegar leaked. My muscles were well rested prior to the event. I was able to finish the race still fairly fresh.

Things that didn’t work well for this event :

Ate too much for breakfast too soon before the race and probably should try some sort of energy drink rather than deep-fried fast food for in-race nutrition. Guinness consumption should be moved to post-race period, partly to avoid trips to the little boys room during the event.

Psychological Observations :

My mind was a little distracted prior to the race, hence my forgetting to lock the front door and also thinking about this on the starting line. But I managed to focus totally on my running once the race began, only twice being distracted by the lure of chips and booze. Possibly I was, if anything,  a little too focused on the race as I accepted the assurances of my wife that she had locked the front door that morning despite, upon later reflection, realising that I am a bachelor. It was disconcerting to discover that the lady in question had burgled my abode during the time I was running.

Post-Race Recovery :

Took three days to recover; one day due to the race itself, the other two due to the post-race party. In retrospect, had I gone straight home I may have been in time to prevent many of my family heirlooms being swiped.

Things to Improve for Next Time :

It might be an idea to write a race plan in advance; I should consider a high calorie but more easy-to-digest breakfast, avoid consuming alcohol during the race and limit my consumption afterwards. I should also be on the look out for unknown women posing as near-relatives.

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