The Ultimate Beginner’s Broad Street Training Guide

Racing guru Ross Martinson on everything from why Broad Street is the best race for beginners to what to do if you miss a day of training

What should you do if you miss a day or two of training on the schedule? And what if it’s better for you schedule-wise to do your longer runs on a different day other than Saturday? Can you change things up or is it vital to stick to the schedule?
Most of us have to fit the schedule to our life (unless you are a running store employee).  There is no problem swapping days up.  You want to make sure you can still recover between runs, so doing three days of running, followed by four days off isn’t the best choice, but doing two days in a row, followed by two rest days isn’t that bad.  If you do miss a few days, for whatever reason, don’t try to squeeze them back in. Just get back on the schedule.  If you miss more time, say a couple of weeks, you may need to go back to where you left off. Always remember that nothing works out perfectly, you shouldn’t stress over a few missed days.

Why is Broad Street an awesome race for beginners?

The BCBSR is awesome for a number of reasons:

1. The distance is a great achievement, but it won’t keep you from walking for a week like the marathon. Taking the train to the start ensures you have lots of camaraderie at the start and along the course, and oh — the quickest way to get back to your car is to finish the race!

2. It is cheap.  Most half marathons are 75 to 100 bucks, but Broad Street is priced like a 5K at $30.

3. You’ll see your name in print. My mom always calls to tell me she saw my name in the Daily News, which prints the full results.

4. The course is flat, except when you get to mile nine, which feels uphill.

5. After the race you can tailgate, order fried food, and have an extra drink without feeling too guilty