The fall road-racing season is upon us and after a summer of training it’s time to put those hours spent training to good use. What better way to challenge your fitness and have a little healthy fun than to sign up for a fall road race?

From 5K to the marathon – and beyond – there is sure to be a race near you. Whether you’re racing for a place on the podium or taking it a little easier at the back of the pack, it’s not hard to find a race that’s just right for you.

If you want to customize your racing experience to suit your busy life, why not try a virtual race. We have just the one for you!

Join us on October 25th as the 1200 farm families who own Cabot celebrate 95 years of “running” strong as a cooperative by participating in our Cabot Legacy Race to benefit Feeding America.

Never heard of a virtual race? The concept couldn’t be easier – or more convenient. On race day, or any time during the month of October, you pick the time and place, start your GPS, and do your distance. You’ll receive your medal in the mail when you register. There are no time restrictions and no crowds to bob and weave through. Instead of rearranging your life around your race schedule, you can arrange your race around your life.

You choose where you race. Run in your neighborhood, your favorite trail, or hit the treadmill, it’s up to you. Run alone or with your running buddies. Bring the dog or invite your favorite kid to join your as an official bike escort.

Not only do you get to participate, 35% of your $25 registration will be donated to Feeding America. And one lucky participant will be chosen to have $1200 donated to their local food bank.
So now that you’ve made the decision to race, we want to help support your fitness goals. Getting ready for any race takes planning and preparation. Here are five tips to help you bring your best to the start line:

1. Take time to taper. If you’re racing on a Saturday or Sunday be sure to reduce your mileage the week before. The day before a race is a perfect time to take a walk or a leisurely bike ride, or even skip the workout and take a nap!

2. Visualize success. The mind is a powerful tool. If you’re a novice road racer, it’s easy to let nerves take over before the race. Picture yourself in the race feeling relaxed and confident. Imagine how you’ll feel crossing the finish line. Keep these positive thoughts in your mind, letting them banish the race jitters.

3. Manage the details. It’s easier to relax and run your best race if you know you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed your t’s. Pick up your race packet early. Leave plenty of time to get to the start line. Pack your race necessities – bib number, safety pins, replacement gel, tunes – the night before. If you’re running a virtual race, you can make you own mini-water stop by leaving water bottles along your route.

4. Dress for success. The rule of thumb is to dress for weather 15º colder than it actually is on race day. If you have to wait for any length of time at the start, bring an old sweatshirt that you can drop as you warm up. These are usually collected after the race and given to charity. If it’s a rainy day, you can always don a runner’s favorite race hack – the garbage bag rain poncho.

5. Fuel as if your race depended on it. Because it does. Great nutrition builds an efficient racing machine. We’ve all heard about carb loading before a longer race, but it’s equally important to make sure you’re getting sufficient protein. Here are a few excellent recipes that will help keep you fueled for your big day.

Peach Recovery Smoothie

Maine Blueberry Parfaits

Extra-High Protein Fruited Oatmeal

Black Bean Veggie Burgers

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