When he is not busy with his work as a business owner, or with his training for the many endurance races that he takes part in, Russell Sergent likes to bake as often as he can. Baking is a wonderful activity because it can be done by anybody, assuming you put the time and effort into learning how to do it. However, novices often find that they struggle at first, often because they make the following key mistakes.
Checking The Oven
Once you have placed whatever you are baking into the oven you need to trust it to do its job. Your role is to keep an eye on the time so you remove the item when it has been baked. Many novices make the mistake of constantly opening the oven to check what they are baking, which releases the heat out and leads to uneven baking.
Not Following Recipes
While you are encouraged to experiment a little with your baking, it is still important that you follow recipes to the letter when you start out so you can learn the basics and start creating some tasty baked goods. Being off with your measurements, even by a little bit, can completely change the complexion of the dish.
Not Being Familiar With The Oven
Every oven has its own quirks that you need to be familiar with. For example, you need to recognize that fan-assisted ovens will need to be used at a lower heat than regular ones. Gain familiarity with your oven so you don’t end up baking for too much, or too little, time.
Russell Sergent is a business owner and baking enthusiast.
Russell Sergent is a passionate runner. “Since 2007 I’ve run nineteen full marathons and countless half-marathons,” he says. For many, the half-marathon is useful challenge that can help them get ready for even longer distances in the future. It is crucial to prepare for the experience properly so keep these tips in mind to ensure you are ready on race day.
Build A Weekly Mileage Base
Ideally you will need to get yourself to a weekly mileage base where you can comfortably cover between fifteen and twenty miles per week before you can start focusing on proper preparation for a half-marathon. Remember that you will need to ask your body to adjust to new training demands during your preparation, so don’t put yourself in a position where you need to build a base simultaneously.
Quality Over Quantity
Getting more miles under your belt is always important, but you need to be careful about stretching your body too far and burning out. This may lead to injury, which compromises your ability to prepare for the event. Instead, focus on quality over quantity in your runs. Set yourself goals and work hard to achieve them, while also giving your body the time it needs to recover.
Research The Race
Try to get a good idea of the layout of the race as early on as possible. Look for sections that will be particularly challenging and consider training on the course to acclimate yourself to it. It is also beneficial to understand where refreshments will be made available so you can regulate your intake.
Russell Sergent is an experienced half-marathon runner.