I firmly believe that signing up for a race is a great way to stay motivated to workout. After all, your practice runs/rides/swims are all rehearsals for the big show.
You have logged many miles so of course you want your first race to be fun! So here are a few tips from realbuzz to help you race your best!
- The night before you want to eat a well balanced, stomach agreeable meal. No need to focus on carbo loading unless you are running at a high intensity for 90 minutes or more. Drink plenty of water too!
- Make sure to wake up 2 to 3 hours before the race since your body will function much better at the starting line if you have been moving around for at least a couple of hours. Eat a light breakfast (no fried foods) and drink plenty of water.
- Arrive early so you can deal with registration and get your number. The number makes it feel so official!
- Warm up! Jog for 5 to 10 minutes and then stretch. You will feel calm and race better after warming up.
- Stay toward the back or middle of the pack at the starting line, since the front row is generally reserved for experienced runners. For the first few minutes, keep your pace nice and easy. Once you have settled into a pace that feels comfortable just enjoy the scene and the scenery.
Congratulations you're running your first race! Have fun!