Greta Siddiqui is an education professional who also enjoys volunteering, traveling, and running. She has trained for several road races; here she provides tips for preparing for your first race.
– Set aside plenty of time to train. No matter the distance of the race, it’s important that you have enough time to prepare physically and mentally. Consider signing up for the event early, as the prices may be discounted and you’ll be more likely to stick with your months-long training plan.
– Running isn’t typically considered an expensive sport, but you should be prepared to make a small investment for the right gear. Also, try to plan your race day outfit in advance. Include extra layers, a water bottle, and some snacks.
– Have a plan on the race day. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before, and eat a nutritious breakfast. Plan to arrive at the race with time to spare, as you may need to navigate traffic at the venue or wait in line for your bib number. Warm up by jogging and stretching. Ease your nerves, and enjoy yourself!