On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 5:49 AM, Friend@friend.com wrote:
Subject: Bibs are not just for babies
So, my bib came in the mail today. Wanna give me some race day tips? :-)
My first thought: That might be the best email subject line. Ever.
My second thought: Oh, where to begin???
After careful consideration, I came up with my list of five things that every runner should know before his/her first race. (Some are practical. Some are amusing.)
Did I miss any? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and I'll pass them along to the soon-to-be racer.
On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 8:33 AM, I-Run-Like-A-Girl@Blogger.com wrote:
Subject: Re: Bibs are not just for babies
Tip #1 - Do nothing on race day that you haven't done already. No new shoes. No new food. No new clothing. If you've been running without music: keep running without music. If you've been running with an mp3 player: make sure it's charged.
Tip #3 - Figure out the basics that you need to bring with you (including what you're going to wear) for the race. Lay those things out the night before. (Minimum: Clothes. Socks. Shoes. Bib pre-pinned to your shirt. Timing chip secured to your shoe, if the race is using a timing chip. ID. $20 or credit card. Key(s). Sunblock(?).) Figure out whether or not you're going to bring a cell phone,* and if so, where you're going to put it.
Tip #5 - This is going to sound trite, but it's true: HAVE FUN. Write "My First 5k" in huge letters on your shirt** so more people will cheer for you. Take photos (or have ____ take photos). SMILE when you see the official race photographers - even if you are faking it. But don't fake it. Have fun. This is huge. You should be proud!
*If you do run with your phone, consider putting it in a snack-sized plastic bag to protect it from sweat.
**Awesome things I have seen racers do: Writing or painting slogans on T-shirts. Pinning similar slogans to the back of a shirt -- in case you don't want to "ruin" running clothes. Writing your name on your arms in Sharpie marker so people know to cheer for "____." The marker washes off in <24 data-blogger-escaped-5k.="5k." data-blogger-escaped-a="a" data-blogger-escaped-blockquote="blockquote" data-blogger-escaped-earned="earned" data-blogger-escaped-feel="feel" data-blogger-escaped-first="first" data-blogger-escaped-free="free" data-blogger-escaped-get="get" data-blogger-escaped-ham="ham" data-blogger-escaped-hours.="hours." data-blogger-escaped-it="it" data-blogger-escaped-little.="little." data-blogger-escaped-one="one" data-blogger-escaped-only="only" data-blogger-escaped-to="to" data-blogger-escaped-up="up" data-blogger-escaped-ve="ve" data-blogger-escaped-you="you">
Note: Names, email addresses, etc... are clearly edited for my friend's privacy. But the conversation text is otherwise unchanged.
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