Here it is, the day of your first 5k. You have been training hard for this moment and race day has finally arrived! But before you start your run, you need to make sure you are prepared for the race. Make sure you can answer all 5 of these questions before you head to the starting line.
1. What is the temperature outside?
Assuming you will be running for at least half of the race you will be hot and sweaty! Dress like it is 15 degrees warmer than the temperature to comepnsate for this. The last thing you want is to be overheated half way through the race and no one on the sidelines to give your sweater to. Also be sure to wear shorts or long pants that enable you to run easily (I reccomend shorts over pants but that is just my preference). Check out some running gear to help you prepare!
2. What is the weather for the day?
This may seem redundant to the first question but it is a bit different and just as important. Is it sunny out? If so you should bring sunglasses and a hat. Is it raining? Be sure to have a lightweight water proof jacket to run with. Here are some products that you may want to have on hand just in case.
3. What are you eating for breakfast?
Keep it light and healthy, you don't want any complications like cramps or nausea while you are running. I would suggest something you have eaten before that you know won't cause any digestive distress later. Personally, I prefer oatmeal with some fruit before a 5k but you can also eat a small amount of carbs and protein like a piece of toast with peanut butter, or half a bagel. Steer clear of dairy because it is sometimes hard on the body to digest, especially if you are going to be running. Remember to eat something! Some people don't think they need breakfast, but you do! Check out my pre-5k breakfast below!
4. What is required of you when you arrive?
Do you know where to park your car? Where is the sign in desk, do you need a valid photo ID? These are all important questions to ask before you leave the house of raceday. Being prepared ensures you get where you need to be when you need to be and that you will be able to focus on the race worry free.
5. What should I have while I am running?
If there is no one cheering you on by the sidelines to hold your stuff, you will need to know what to bring with you to the race. I recommend leaving everything you aren't running with in your car. Bring your car key with you as well as valid photo ID for registration and a water bottle. Keep these items somewhere safe where you won't lose them while you're running. Keep your ID in a pocket that is always closed and your key on a wristband attached to your water bottle. Check out some helpful products below!
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