Last weekend I accomplished something that I had been wanting to do for years. I ran my first 5k with my Fiance! We were not as prepared as we would have liked to be, we had only been training for 2 months before hand. I was really happy with our results but there were a few things I wished I would have known before hand. Check out my First 5k Tips so you are more prepared then I was!
–Slow down, pace yourself. We ran way harder and longer then we ever had before. Race day brought on a huge rush of adrenaline and while I was happy with our time, we paid for it the next few days. Can you say shin splints?
–Water. We never bothered bringing water with us because we didn’t when we were training at home. During our race there was one water/gatorade station set up at the half way point. Of course I grabbed gatorade and was sorry afterwards, it made me sick to my stomach. I need a hydration belt for next time!
–Get there early. Not only do you need to find parking, but you also need to pick up your race kit. We were an hour early and we just barely got a parking spot. We had to ask around to find the race kit pick up station, luckily the lines weren’t too bad, and the volunteers were awesome!
-Make sure you get to the bathroom! There were probably about 20 port-a-potties at the starting line and there were huge lines for each. No one wants to be out on a 5k/10k/whatever run and have to find a washroom!
-Calm down, have fun. We got there and had no idea where to go. I was thinking, “We drove 2 hours, paid for the race already, and wouldn’t be able to get our race kit to actually participate.” I was stressed to say the least, I was good once we found it though. The other hard part was when the race actually starts and everyone is moving at once. I am not a fan of tight spaces with lots of people.
As a bonus tip – thank the volunteers. The race wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for there help!