Running your first race can be a very daunting challenge, I hope these tips help you to enjoy your day and first step into racing.
Video : Tips For Running First Race
Prepare your kit the night before.
This is key for a abounding stress on race day. Pack your race day bag, and lay out your kit the night before so it’s all ready to go. It’s just a basic tip. It will give you little more confidence on the morning of your race. This way you know where you are going and what you are doing. Pack your race day bag, and lay out your kit the night before so it’s all ready to go. It gives a peace of mind that on the day of the race you solely need to concentrate on the race and you don’t have to worry about sorting things out.
Look up the course
If you understand the course, it’ll calm your mind as you know what is to come. Once you’ve done a few races you’ll also be able to use this information to work out a race strategy. This mainly refers to long race, cross-country marathon and half marathon. By looking at the course you know where hard and easy bits are located. It helps you know what sort of race you are into.By this way, you can easily know when you have to pace up and slow down. This way you can plan and improve your strategy. Also at the end of the race, this will help you to know your weaknesses and strengths.
Set a realistic goal
As it’s your first race, don’t set yourself anything too ambitious. It is better to be achieving more then you were expecting than be disappointed. Don’t try to be extremely daring too because at the end of the day you want to achieve this race so that you can boost yourself, or push yourself further for the future races. Time and position aren’t much necessary for your first race. Make realistic goals like completing your half marathon without walking or simply finishing your first race.
Post race recovery
I think this is one of the keys to wanting to race again, especially if it was a tough race. Giving yourself adequate recovery fuel straight after your race. Also giving yourself enough rest before your next race is also important. If you are a beginner at running then you need to learn the value of post-race recovery. Try to get some carbs post your race like banana or chocolate. Sooner you will start your recovery better it will be for you. Try to have a balanced meal with some proteins to deal with post-race injury. It’s really crucial to get some proteins and carbs as soon as you can after the race. It will make those after days little easier, less painful and your muscles won’t be as sore.
It’s your first race and the best outcome would be for you to enjoy the process and the competition. It’s a race so it’s going to be hard especially if you haven’t done it before, but don’t forget to enjoy the race even after all hardships. The best out of this is that you will be able to push your boundaries even further. Go with an open mind and don’t expect much from yourself. After all, it’s a race and its meant to be enjoyed.