What to expect at your first race

If it’s your first time running a race it can be a little nerve-racking.  I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for my first race either but after a few under my belt I had the process down pat.

  1. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the race starts.
  2. Line up for the washroom even if you don’t have to.
  3. Listen to any instructions the race announcer makes.
  4. Leave your items at the baggage area.
  5. Lining up for the race, find your pace marker.  Usually they post min/miles and where you should stand.
  6. If there are no pace markers, stand at the back of the racing line, otherwise for the first 10 minutes all you’ll see are runners passing you and that is a little discouraging.  I think it’s better to pass people then to get passed.
  7. Don’t forget the mileage of your race.  Pick up the pace near the end when needed.
  8. Be careful of any potholes or people in the way.
  9. Don’t cut corners by cutting across parking lots of sidewalks.  Only person you are cheating is yourself.
  10. Pace yourself and don’t run at speeds you cannot maintain.   If you need to walk, go to the side and start walking. Don’t pull the brakes in the middle of the road, this will annoy runners behind you who have to make abrupt stops or turns.

Good luck racing and remember to have fun and smile when photographers take your picture.

Related Running Tips:

  1. How to run a perfect race
  2. Pre-Race Checklist
  3. Racing etiquette
  4. What to eat for post race recovery
  5. Beginners Guide – How to get started
  6. What to eat before a race
  7. What to eat during a race

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