Brandon Hontz ’22 Bus, who has been running for Penn State’s cross country and track and field programs since 2017, has learned a lot about how best to prepare his body for a race. Whether you’re taking on a 10K or just want to knock a few seconds off your mile time, his tips can help.
Persistent prep work
Hontz draws confidence on race days from the knowledge that he’s put in consistent training, which also helps him avoid injuries. “It doesn’t have to be anything crazy,” he says.
Don’t push it
Regular training is good, but taking on too much too soon can be counterproductive. Add mileage to your runs gradually. “I’ve always been a fan of being slightly undertrained as opposed to the opposite,” he says.
Find your stride
Hontz discovered early in his career that his legs crossed over slightly when he ran. He’s since focused on keeping them properly spaced and creating a more even foot strike.
Keep some in the tank
In short races like the mile or longer races like the 10K, Hontz believes in using as little energy as possible early in the race and saving it for the final kick.