Happy Tuesday! I am writing this post from the airport currently, on my way to visit my family in Raleigh, North Carolina. Today’s topic will be focused on tips I learned along the way running races that will help new runners racing experience. This list will help for any race you are registered for: 5k, 10k, half marathon, whatever. 🙂 If you are reading this, and you have any other tips for new runners about racing I didn’t mention, please comment below. I would love to hear from everyone!
First Time Race Tips for Beginners:
- Do not, I repeat, Do NOT try anything new one race day. Many of you have probably heard this a million times but I learned the hard way. I always thought when other runners said that they exclusively meant what you eat: before or during a race. Nope, it means clothes too! That is why so many seasoned runners that you see do not wear the race shirt that comes in your race packet. It’s something new! You just never know how the fabric will affect your skin. I wore new shorts to Gasparilla without thinking, and I had so much chaffing from them.
- Make sure you do your bathroom #2 business the day before the race. Or close to the race. I don’t want to go further than this lol.
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! I’m talking about the day before the running, the morning before the race, and after the race.
- If you can, pick up your race packet with your bib before race morning. It will save you a lot of headache and time when your pre race jitters are in effect.
- Get to the race early! Parking is usually a nightmare, and you want to relax before the race. Not the mention last minute bathroom breaks.
All in all, come into your race weekend with a plan! Figure out what time you will get there the morning of, what you are eating the morning of, test out your race fuel, look at the race course, what your plan of action will be at the water stations, and so on. It will make the experience much more enjoyable. Have fun!!