2. Consider logistics
There’s more to race day than simply putting one foot in front of the other. Unless you’re in the elite pack, you’ll need to think about transportation, bag storage, directions to the start line and other logistical concerns. Hopefully your race day packet is detailed, so read it thoroughly, then read it again.
What kind of parking is available? Do you need to bring money? How close is the parking lot to the start line? These are all questions to answer before the morning of the race.
Another tip? Stop at a convenience store to use the bathroom before you get to the course. That Port-A-Potty line is never short!
3. Bring your own nutrition and hydration
The course will most likely include hydration and nutrition stops, but if you’ve never trained with the energy gels or bars those generous volunteers are handing out, it’s probably not a good idea to try them for the first time at mile 10. Pack the nutrition you’ve been using during your training runs, and your stomach will thank you.
Can you find out ahead of time what products the race will provide? If so, try to train with them for a few weeks and see how your body reacts. Remember the old adage: Nothing new on race day. (Yes, that goes for everything: nutrition, hydration, shoes and clothes.)