When Running a Race

Posted by dee_el07 on 12:40 PM

You may think running a race is simple. Just stand at the starting line, wait for the gun, then run. But there are a lot of other things to consider. Remember to wear your silicone bracelets or wristbands to support the cause. Here are a few things to remember when running a race.

Make sure to go at your own pace. Don't try to catch up at someone in front of you. This will mess up your pacing, leave you more exhausted for the rest of the race. Also, you might probably get in someone else's way, and could injure yourself in the process. Don't try to sprint past someone just to be ahead of them. Most races are charity events anyway, and not for competition purposes. Everyone is there for the same cause and is just trying to compete against themselves to finish the race.

Many of these races can get very crowded, especially at the starting line. Just be patient and don't try to get to the front. If you're a walker, try starting distant from the pack. Besides, most people will probably be passing you. It’s difficult for runners to run by a slower person in such a fleet, especially if there is a large group of walkers.

If you do bring pets, make sure you're allowed to. A dog can be a great companion on a long run, for as long as they are kept under control. Make sure the leash is short, as many times runners can trip over long leashes. Also make sure your dog will behave himself in public and won’t serve as a distraction to other runners as well.

Aside from pets, noise is another distraction. Talking is a great way to pass the time on a long race, but it is good to remember that not everyone wants to hear your conversation about your bodily functions. If you’re using your iPod or mp3 player during the pace, keep your music low. Also, try not to slap your feet on the pavement and keep keys and heart monitors or pacers quiet. Respect for other runners is while you’re on the race is one of the most important things you can show.

Be careful at aid stations too. Remember that other runners will be trying to get some water too to replenish lost body fluids on the course of the race. If you jump right in front of someone you can either mess up their pace, trip them, or cause serious injury. Just step off to the side if you need to take a water break. When you finally get your water, watch where you aim it. A lot of runners tell stories about being hit with a careless runner's water, spit, or snot.

Proper attire is important too. Make sure what you wear is comfortable enough, but try to avoid anything too skimpy or see-through. Remember that many of these races are family events and no one wants to have to cover their child's eyes when you race by in your drenched short shorts.

The key to running any race with a lot of other people is courtesy. It's not about winning. Just remember that others are running and they want to be treated the same way you would want them to treat you.

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