Brooks Beast Nia Akins offers tips to help you to the finish line.
Racing is returning, slowly but surely.
After more than a year of cancelations, postponements, and virtual runs, organized, in-person racing is back on track. Fans of the sport are anticipating the return of beloved running events from local 5ks to big-city marathons. Whether you're considering your first race or your 50th, it's always good to be prepared. And who better to help you get race-ready than a pro-runner?
We chat with Brooks Beast Nia Akins about her pre-race routine, how runners can stay mentally strong after the starting gun, and what it's like to deal with adversity during a race. Plus, she offers up her expert tips for race day.
Nia's pre-race routine
While every runner is different, Akins recommends doing things to chill out and keep yourself from getting too keyed up.
Nia on her racing mentality
Even though pro racing might seem unrelatable, adopting a pro mindset can help any runner achieve their goals.
Nia's post-race routine
Cross the finish line? There's still more to do. Recovery is also an important part of staying healthy and happy.
Nia's Post-Race Tips
- Find a recovery routine. Everyone's different, but once you find a routine that works for you that leaves you feeling great the next day, stick to it.
- Eat! Chowing down after a big effort is a huge part of recovery. After a race I usually have a little fun with food especially if we're in a fun city — while still making sure I'm getting what my body needs.
Nia and the Beasts
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