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I have just won my school's 200m race, which means I qualify for the Athletics in a month's time.

At the moment, my time for 200m is 36.37 secs. I am 12 years old and this is my first race over 200. What should I do to practice for it?

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I meant to add, congratulations for winning. You're doing really well to be motivated, and even better since you are a 12 year old. Good on you. Wish I was that motivated at your age! – Ciaocibai Mar 3 '11 at 10:11
@IntuitionHQ Thanks you very much. – Benny Mar 4 '11 at 4:57
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Based on my own experience and what I've read:

  • Start with warm ups to losen all your muscles, especially lower legs, thighs etc. (anything that will get a workout while you're running)
  • Practice your running technique - pumping your arms and stretching your legs
  • Develop a strategy for running the race; start strong, keep a good pace through the middle, push yourself to get a little faster, and then try and stop thinking about the race so you can keep pushing your body without getting too tired.

I've found a couple of interesting posts that might help - this one on strategy for running the race and this one on how to run the race and improve your times.

Hope this helps, and wish you all the best for your race.

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Perhaps we should add some more specific training exercises, like interval training or practicing sprints? – Ivo Flipse Mar 3 '11 at 9:23

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