So, in April of 2007 I ran my first race. My best friend Benita and I ran the Salt Lake Half Marathon. That was 5 years ago? Whaaa? Time flies.
My suggestions for a first timer?
- Be confident about what you can control, don't worry about what you can't.
- Follow a training plan, and then trust that you are prepared in your training.
- You can't change the weather. You can dress accordingly. Don't let it stress you out.
- Wear comfortable clothing that you have tried out in training.
- Try you pre-race meal out in your training
- Lay out your clothing the night before. Check and double check that you have
- Do your homework. Read up on the course, find out about aid stations, know what is provided at those aid stations. This will alleviate surprises.
- Take matters into your own hands. I bring my own shot blocks because I don't want to worry if aid stations are going to have what I need. I also come prepared with chap stick, anti-chaffing lotion, gum, etc.
- Charge up the night before. If you are running with an iPod, garmin, heart rate monitor etc. Make sure that it is all charged up and ready to go the night before. I have started a race with a dead ipod. It isn't fun.
- Take a moment and take it in. Even if you have to have your music to make it through, take some time to take out the headphones and listen to the crowd cheering you on! It is such a cool experience.
- Take advantage of the perks afterwords. Everyone loves free food and massages. Duh.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY...embrace the fear. Races are nerve wracking because they are challenging. They are also AWESOME because they are challenging. If they weren't hard, it wouldn't be a big deal and everyone would do them. Remember that this is an AWESOME accomplishment because it is a challenge. Let your adrenaline work in your favor!
- GIVE IT ALL YOU'VE GOT!!
What was your first race? What advice would you give to a first time racer??