Running Your First Race

I remember running my first marathon a couple of years back.  It was not only difficult but also exciting and exhilarating.  When you cross that finish line, you’ll feel so proud of yourself like never before.  There are some things on race day that I wish I had known when I ran my first marathon.  A good routine to follow always helps me get my mindset in place for the big run.  Make sure you eat a balanced and full breakfast in the morning.  This will be your ultimate energy supply throughout the day.  When you’re training, follow a general routine everyday so that you can get used to doing the same things every day in advance to your race.  On the day of, do the same routine you have done and it should help calm your nerves.  The night before, lay out what you’re planning on wearing for the marathon.  You don’t want to have to think about clothes and shoes on the day of your big run.  Remember to include your unique bracelet to notify of an emergency in case something happens to you.  You don’t want to be put in a situation where the doctors aren’t sure of what you’re allergic to or if you have any diseases.  This is especially important.


Remember to wear the shoes you’ve been training in and also wear layers when it comes to clothes.  Depending on the weather, it might start out cold and then as you are continuously running, it may get warmer and warmer.  You can start to take off the layers and tie it around your waist.  Also make sure to bring a granola bar or energy bar that you can eat while you run.  Your energy will get depleted pretty quickly so you’ll want something to help boost you up.  Depending on the styles of medic alert necklace or emergency bracelet, make sure that it’s safe to wear and won’t be choking you or making you feel uncomfortable.  Lastly, if you’re allowed music, I highly recommend bringing earphones and a small music device.  In some of my runs, you’re allowed to listen to music and on others, you’re not.  I’ve always felt that the run goes faster with music and it’s also a great way to motivate myself.

I hope these tips help you out in your first run.  Just remember to do the same things on the day of the marathon like you would do on a training day.  Wear the same shoes, similar clothes, and eat and drink the same as you would on your routine.  You just have to get your mind in the mentality and you’ll do great!