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Zoo Brew 0.5K (Draft)

Sat July 11, 2020 Des Moines, IA 50315 US Directions
This Race is in Draft Mode

Training Tips and Tricks


You're registered to compete in the infamous 0.5K at the Blank Park Zoo. Legend has it, Chuck Norris got halfway through it and broke down in tears. Don't be like Chuck Norris.

With the appropriate regiment and training, you will rise to the challenge.


Here are the tips compiled by years of research from the top Clinical Exercise Physiologists in the USA:

Stretch: It's essential to prepare your muscles for this Olympian feat. Experts recommend holding the butterfly pose for 30 seconds. Make sure to flutter! If your beer belly allows, bend over and touch those toes. Lifting a pint from the table to your mouth, at a 90 degree angle, is an effective way to warm up your biceps. Repeat this circuit a couple of times, and you'll be as loose as a goose!

Pacing: Start by running two to three back and forths from the couch to the fridge at your desired race day pace, with a power walk in-between each lap for recovery. Practice inhaling through your mouth and nose and pull the air deep into your lungs. It's recommended to complete this workout at least three times per week.

Attire: Dress for success absolutely applies to the 0.5K. Closed toe running shoes, that you have already broken in, are a must. Paired with lightweight, moisture wicking pants or shorts and your state-of-the-art Zoo Brew 0.5K shirt, you are cloaked to break the speed of sound.

Recovery: Drinking beer is an essential practice in physical and mental recovery. Scientists at an ivy league school stated, "Beer is enriched with nutrients, antioxidants and electrolytes to help replenish the body after a good workout." Lucky for you, the post-run Zoo Brew celebration will meet your recovery needs with pours from favorite local breweries. Not a beer drinker? Shame on you. We have plentiful non-brew options like _______________________.

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