A great way to stay motivated as a runner is to participate in races every so often. This helps push you to be better, plus you can meet other runners in the area. Your first race can be intimidating and overwhelming because there’s so much going on. Here are a few tips from expert racers to help you out.
1. Get an official race flyer. If you get your information from another source, there’s a chance you’ll get the wrong info. Having a flyer will ensure you have the right time and place, along with all the other important details.
2. Pack the night before. Many races start very early in the day. Instead of rushing to pack that morning, get your stuff together the night before. This will keep you from forgetting something and will make you less stressed right before the race.
3. Bring safety pins to attach your race tags.
4. Bring toilet paper; you never know if they’ll have it or not.
5. Don’t try new stuff on race day, you’ll probably regret it. Test new shoes and other products during practice first.
6. Thank the race volunteers who help you. You should also consider volunteering at races you’re not running in. It can help you meet people and gain respect from the community.
7. Don’t take a race too seriously. If running stops being fun, you’ll stop wanting to do it.