- Don't wear new clothes/shoes and don't try anything new the day of the race! You don't want issues on race day
Jonette from This Princess Runs
- Work on intervals it's a great way to start. Slow is ok. ,
- Find clothes you are comfortable in.
- Don't be afraid to exercise in public/ focus on you and not what other people think.
- Listen to your body.
- Ice as needed!!!!
- Stretch out well to prevent injuries
Steffi from Almost Healthy Life
- During: SMILE! It helps to fight through those majorly painful moments.
- Don't try to take off too fast at the race - just because everyone else is.
- You won't be in first place, but you probably won't be in last either.
- Find a comfortable pace and stick to it (preferably close to what you train at).
- You'll have an impulse to sprint early on, but that isn't sustainable and will just tire you out early.
- Remember that you've already done this distance, so you know you can, regardless of what those traitors you call legs tell you.
- Runners tend to be a friendly and helpful bunch, particularly on races, so feel free to ask for encouragement from those around you if you need it - you'll get it.
- Lastly, have fun and embrace the runner's high (I didn't feel it until my first 5k).
- Start out pretty slow and steady.
- After the second mile was when I would pick up the pace a little bit.
- Once the finish line is close just bolt it.
- When I got to that point that I just couldn't keep running all the time. I would run for a 100 right foot strikes, and walk 25 right foot strikes. The counting actually took my mind off my legs and forced me to breathe better. Yes I counted out loud. Something I learned when I was in the military. The reason you sing cadence while running in formation is not just to mark the pace it is to force the troops to breathe properly.
Before race day:
- Pick up your packet! It's SO much easier to not have to figure out logistics of getting your packet/shirt back to your car after you pick it up on race day. Pick it up before hand if at all possible.
- Get a feeling for the course.
- Get sleep the entire week before!
- Same goes with water. (Drink lots the week before the race).
- If you're worried about being last place try looking at the results from the year before.
- Figure out where parking is located so you're not scrambling to find it the morning of!
- The night before...try *try!* to get as much sleep as possible.
- Make sure you know where the start is!
- Go for at least one run in the outfit (down to underwear/bra/socks) that you're planning on wearing. Make sure it's not going to chafe or annoy you on race day!
- Eat something light!
- Get there early!
- Soak up the race atmosphere!!
- Aim for the middle-back of the pack. Try not to get stuck in the back...but try not to get too close to the front.. You'll be swept out at a pace you totally don't want to start at!
- My favorite quote: Run when you can, walk when you have to, just never give up!
- Try not to let the race atmosphere sweep you up in the beginning. You're going to have so much adrenaline, but don't let it take you out too fast so you're struggling to keep up a good pace in the middle/end.
- If you have to take walk breaks move over to the side , try not to stop in the middle of the road.
- Just have fun!! Enjoy the race atmosphere!
- Even if you're last, enjoy it! Smile big and Cross the finish line with a huge smile because you did it!!