Running your first race? Here’s what else you need to prep yourself for.
You have the training plan down pat, clocked the mileage and broken in your shoes and gear. But for new runners, there’s a whole other set of road blocks that you haven’t considered. Here’s what you need to know to be truly race-ready.
Race-Day Obstacle #1: Start Line Crowds
The rush hour train crush has nothing on organised races. Last year’s Shape Run attracted over 9,000 runners while the Standard Chartered Marathon drew nearly 53,000.
Tip for your first race: Slow first, fast later
While it’s nice to have company, having to deal with a maddening crowd isn’t as fun. Shuffling between walking and running, swerving sharply and weaving through groups of runners can zap precious energy needed to complete the race in good time. Instead of fighting the throng, try dropping your pace slightly. Look out for openings and progressively increase the speed only after you’ve bypassed the group. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic for more than 1km as it’ll deplete your energy significantly.