Active Brno: Plenty of Time to Prepare for a Spring Running Race
Spartan races, which combine running and old-fashioned obstacles, have become popular. Brno will host a winter race on Feb. 8. Photo credit: Spartan race, Slovak Republic.
It always drives me crazy how running races announce that
they are happening with posters a week, maybe two, ahead of the race. How are
you supposed to train in a couple of weeks?
Not everyone is an elite runner who stays in shape
year-around. Many runners are not athletes, don’t have time to be athletes, and
don’t really want to be athletes. They simply want to accomplish a goal by
planning, training and actually running and completing a race.
With that in mind, this article is an overview of the big
races that are on the calendar here in the Czech Republic, with a particular
focus on Brno-area runners. Many locals are already training, as evidenced by
the number of runners on local pathways on these cold, winter days.
It is not too late to start from scratch in order to accomplish
a significant running goal by the end for 2020.
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There are many training plans that you can find online
and in books. I am currently starting from scratch, with easy runs on Mondays,
Thursdays, and Sundays. Wednesdays are for some kind of a speed workout. And
Saturdays are for long runs, which should increase slightly in length each
week. The overall total of kilometers in the week should increase by only about
10 percent for week to week. Once a month, back off on the speed and the long
days to recuperate a bit.
It’s easy. Now find the time and discipline to do it.
You’ll find that everything gets faster and the longer
distances get easier because you are getting into better shape. Once you get
into the rhythm of training, it actually becomes pleasurable. In retrospect,
many say that they more fondly recall the training than the actual race for
which they had been training.
After a few months, you should be ready for a long race. After
a decent base of regular and easy running (maybe a month), 12 weeks of
dedicated training is pretty good for a half marathon. A marathon needs a bit
more, probably double. (Note: I do not pretend to be an expert. This is a
schedule that has worked for me personally, and I think it makes sense for
In any case, running races is a good way to add speed and
conditioning — and accomplish intermediate goals.
The closest local races on the horizon are part of the Brno
Winter Running series, with (about) 5 km or (about) 10 km races through March:
Jan. 18, 2020 — Radostická nerezová desítka
Jan. 25, 2020 — Rájecká desítka
March 7, 2020 — Modřický pohár
March 14, 2020 — Běh kolem Myslivny
March 22, 2020 — Brněnská přehrada
Click here for more information about the individual races (in Czech only, so use Google Chrome or a translation program). Click here for the Brněnský běžecký pohár main page.
In the middle of this series, Brno will host a Winter Spartan race on Feb. 8. Sparta races have caught on in popularity in the past few years. They include running and getting over many obstacles that require full-body strength and agility. Click here for more information (in English).
Later in the year, there are larger and longer runs, any
one of which would be a worthwhile goal for which to shoot:
March 21 — The 75th running of Běh Lužánkami
April 19, 2020 — Brno Half Marathon
Mar 28, 2020 — Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon
May 2 – May 3, 2020 — Volkswagen Marathon Weekend
May 16, 2020 — Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon
May 30, 2020 — Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon
Jun 13, 2020 — Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon
Aug. 29, 2020 — Špilberk Run
Sep 19, 2020 — Mattoni Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon
The Brno Half Marathon is a great goal. It is 13 weeks away, which means, if you follow a dedicated training schedule, you could complete it. Click here for information about Behej Brno, including the Brno Half Marathon, the Špilberk Run and Brněnská 25.
Obviously, the races later in the year would offer longer training periods. The Prague Half Marathon has already reached its capacity. The Prague Marathon probably has a well. The Olomouc Half Marathon is fun and popular. Click here for information about Run Czech runs.
There are also many other races throughout the year.
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