Hi, I'm Marty Beene, and I'm here to talk to you about how to be in great shape for a race. When you decide to run a race you want it to be successful whether that means running your personal best time or even just feeling good during the event. So you want to be in great shape. The best way to be in great shape is to have a well crafted training plan and then following that plan. A training plan will map out how many miles or minutes to run each day as well as if and when to incorporate harder running such as speed work or hills. A typical training plan for a race will have several weeks of easy longer distance running followed by a month or two of harder running like speed work or hills and then a period of about two to three weeks tapering down before the race so you feel fresh on race day. If you really want to be in great shape, your best bet is to get some help. While there are some generic resources in books and online, another great way is to work with a coach. When you work with a coach, the coach will get to know you and can put together a training plan that fits your abilities and lifestyle. It's important to be flexible during training in case something isn't working for you. A coach can recognize that and can guide you to either staying on the same path or changing and doing something different especially if you get sick or injured.