If you want to improve your personal best, the easiest way is to get the work done in training. Many runners are afraid of hard work, but on the other hand, you don't want to overdo things. Try and find that balance. A good way of doing this is training at a level that you can still train well each day. If you're not recovering and feeling run down, you're going to hard. It's a fine balance, but you need to push the boundaries every now and then to find out what you're capable of.
I've been coached by the same coach since I was 18 years old. I have a lot if trust in him and you need that if you want a good athlete/coach relationship. That being said though, there are plenty of bad coaches. Seek out a good coach, and trust them. If you're doing what they say and it's not working, by all means, move on. But until then, work as a team.
To be fresh and ready to fire on race day, you need to be well recovered leading in. In my opinion, Endura make the best sports nutrition products on the market. I religiously use the optimizer drink, rehydration drink, and protein bar products. These products help keep me hydrated and recovered so I'm energised for training and racing.
Looking fresh on the starting line may be just what you need. A red Ferrari just looks fast and can psyche out the other racers. Take pride in your race day appearance and dress like a pro. Also wearing lighter shoes can help take time off your PB. Wearing flats if you usually wear joggers, and wearing spikes if you usually wear flats. Nike make the best products in all footwear.
Rest up before the race so your energy is at a maximum. My first point was about training harder, but the thing we train for is the race. Put the race as a priority and back off a bit leading into the race so you're not sore or fatigued, and are ready to bounce off the start line and run a new personal best.
I hope this helps!
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