Top 8 tips for a newbie racer!
Train With An Aim
This might sound obvious, but we’re not just talking about running. We’re talking about being the most prepared runner you can physically (and mentally) be.
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Bring Your Own Energy Gels
Some of the bigger races and events will have energy gels stations dotted along the course, which is great, unless you’re so engrossed in your race that you keep missing them. That’s when you’ll wish you’d brought your own, especially toward the end of the race when you’re desperate for an extra boost of sugar and caffeine.
Slow Down On The Veggies
A couple of days before your race, start cutting down on the amount of veggies you eat so that you’re not running the risk of needing to go, like right now. And on that note, it’s worth carrying your own toilet paper because a) the stuff they put in Portaloos is not pleasant and b) they almost-always run out.
Get To Grips With Your Gear
Always do a trial run in whatever gear you plan to wear come race day. After all, you don’t want to be running your first race to then find out your shirt has no breathability, your shorts don’t fit and the straw on your hydration pack doesn’t actually reach your mouth. Always try your stuff first.
Load Up On Lube
On the note of sensitive skin, chafing is a real thing, especially crotch chafing. So make sure you protect your skin with a decent dollop of lube before the officials yell “GO!”.
Prep Your Playlist Like A Pro
Plugging into a playlist is a great way to keep your motivation high and energy-levels piquing. But as a little tip, try and organize your playlist so that your favorite running songs come on later in your race, when you need that hype to push on. What’s more, you probably won’t hear them at the start due to the loud crowds and your starting line nerves. Just remember to unplug toward the end of the race because hearing that crowd cheer you on is one heck of a motivator.
Smile For The Cameras
Smile. Throw up some peace signs. Flex your biceps. Do a dab. Pretend you’re Usain Bolt. Jump in the air. Whatever’s your go-to pose, go all in on it so that you leave with a seriously epic race shot (and not a series of photos where the pain is obvious and your eyes are either closed or shooting daggers at the photographer).
Take The Next Day Off Work
Recovering from your first long-distance race can be more hardcore than you first realized. Your body will ache, your sleep will be disturbed and limping to and from the office (while feeling like a zombie) will be the polar opposite of fun. Avoid this by taking the following day off and enjoy a nice lazy pyjama day full of all the right nutrition, recovery steps, some gentle stretching and a whole lot of Netflix.
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In this episode of the Gone Running Podcast with Ben Sheppard Jonny talks about this transformation, maintaining balance between the two, his monumental run the tube challenge taking place in September where he will be running the 272 stations of the London Underground, covering a whopping 572km and much much more!
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VIDEOS, PODCASTS & PLAYLISTS
Catch up on what the RunThrough Community has been up to with another RunThrough Chat episode with number 170 with Emma and Abby – HERE.
Our very own Matt Wood and Head Coach of New Levels Coaching, Lewis Moses, talk all things running to help inspire, influence and educate on the thing we love the most. – LISTEN HERE.
Our very own Lucy Harfield has started her own podcast – Pinch of Positivity. The podcast hopes to keep it real, talks straight and offer a fresh perspective on how to find the bright side of life – LISTEN HERE.
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