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First Race Jitters

We’re just days away from Devin’s Dash!! With the big day on our minds, I’d like to share an old  post from H3 Fitness Specialist Jeff Ford. October is filled with 5Ks and Marathons across the nation, so what a great opportunity to get active while also supporting your community and local charity. Here are a few tips from Jeff’s “Race Day Ready” post that you may find helpful when preparing for your first race:

Where should I line up?

If it’s your first race, I suggest lining up towards the back. The goal is to finish the first time and then you’ll gradually progress wanting to run or set a PR (personal record). 

Should I wear the race T-shirt before the race?

I hate to say it, but superstition says its bad luck.  Besides, most race T-shirts are made of sweat absorbing cotton. Save it to change into after the race!

Should I try and run as fast as everyone else at the start?

This is the number one thing that affects beginners on race day. You’ll begin to feel the adrenaline rushing, motivation thriving, try and hold back. Remember the pace you’ve planned and settle in.

Should I “Carb-O-Load” the night before the race?

Don’t worry about eating excessive carbohydrates before a 5-K. Shoot for a healthy balanced meal as you would any other evening. Your body will have plenty of energy stores.

How much should I walk, jog, or run leading up to race day?

Two to three workouts the week of a race will satisfy. You want to be at full strength on race morning so as general suggestion is to try and take at least the day before the 5-K off.  Stretch consistently during the week and trust your training, tapering off is the hardest part.   Download our beginner’s 5K training plan here.

What if I come in last?

As I often say, no worries. Look at it like this – you’re racing!  Others are at home, watching TV, possibly eating pancakes, who knows.  The fact of the matter is you’re taking advantage of an opportunity.  Most notably, the crowd usually cheers the loudest for the last participant.

Devin's Dash 2010 Participants

Devin's Dash 2010 Participants

If you have any questions in regards to training, shoot us a line and we’ll get you ready!  I encourage you to share your race stories and check out the pictures from our most recent races. Can’t make it to Devin’s Dash this Saturday? Visit www.active.com to find a 5K near you!

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