You showed up in the middle of winter, and you sweated through the summer heat. You trained your lungs and strengthened your legs.
Every step, every mile was for one purpose: to get you race ready.
It's time to put that training to work. It's time to make it count.
Your kit can make or break your race.
Running apparel is designed to move with you. Unlike boxy cotton T-shirts and baggy gym shorts, running clothes are made from technical, moisture-wicking fabric and cut for a streamlined fit so they stay out of your way.
A breezy tank will keep you cool during an early fall race, and a pair of snug running tights will warm your legs as temperatures drop.
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Reward yourself with the gear you need to run your best.
Whatever you wear, make sure you test it out before the race—realizing your socks don't fit at mile 12 can ruin the rest of your run.
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From big crowds and long lines to race-day nutrition and bathroom plans, running your first race can be intimidating. But it doesn't have to be.
Knowing when to show up, where to go and how to find more information will ease you into the big day. Once you're settled, then you can manage your race-day jitters.
With the right knowledge and a race-day plan, you can toe the starting line with confidence and trust your training to get you through. Here's what you need to know.