First off, holy crap! I just ran my first 10k! I’m super proud of my accomplishment and I wanted to share my experience with you all. I started the race at the line and I thought “Can I do this?” and “Am I starting right?” to “oooh crap! How am I going to do this??” Obviously my pre-race jitters were in full force. I had to center myself and not get too psyched out. I wanted to share my tips for your first 10k
So, the day before the race I decided to scope out the race spot and generally get a feel for parking, where the coarse is, and what the terrain was going to look like. I even volunteered at a race the weekend before to get a feel for what a 10K was like and how it worked. I ended up not feeling like a total newbie come race day.
The very night before the race I laid out what I wanted to wear. I also picked up my bib the day before and had my safety pins laid out as well to hold them in place. Oh and I also planned what I was going to eat that morning. Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition to prepare your body. You may want to try a supplement shake such as the CrazyBulk series. You can find it here. You may need an extra boost of protein powder or even a testosterone booster. Try it out well before hand to see Again, any pre-planning you can do the better your race day experience will be. The less you have to think about the morning of, the less anxious you’ll feel.
Show Up Early
The worst thing is to show up just on time or even worse to show up late. Yikes, talk about unnecessary anxiety! Plus, the day of the race you’ll totally have to use the restroom once or twice and trust me- you need time for that. It’ll also allow you to take a deep breath and get in a good mental space.
The Starting Line
Now, how do you line up? It’s helps to have a strategy for this as well. The best advice I can tell you is to find people that look like you and stand next to them. Do NOT line up in the front. This puts unnecessary pressure on you and can cause you to run the race too fast. Not the best strategy. Trust me!
Before the race starts take a few super deep breaths. This is just a race. You got this. Before you know it your race will be over! It goes by so quickly.
It’s so temping to run a race balls to the wall, full speed, and go hardcore, but no please don’t do that! You have to pace yourself from the very start. If you want a great guide on this, check out the writings of Jeff Galloway. He has AMAZING advice. Nice and steady wins the race.
Hydration is a Must!
The water stations are set up for a reason. Locate them and use them. You cannot run a race without proper hydration. It’s important to ensure you are properly hydrated before, during, and after the race. You don’t have let the water stations interrupt your running rhythm. You’ll get a feel for that after the first pass by one.
Run in Segments
I want you to break the race up into segments and to look for the shortest distance between each of two points. Really avoid adding distance onto your. Stay engaged.
Celebrate Your Butt Off
You totally did it and it feels AMAZING!!! This is your first 10k. Cherish the moment and celebrate at the end.
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