You’ve been running religiously, getting your miles in and maybe even clocking your time, wondering how fast you can actually run. But even though you are as ready to run as you’ve ever been, you are a little nervous about the race part of the day. What’s it like to line up with hundreds – or even thousands – of your fellow runners? What if you mess up? Or do something wrong?
No worries. Not only are runners among the nicest of crowds to . . . ahem, run with, they’re also always happy to see newbies join their ranks. You’ll likely find dozens of runners willing to help you calm your nerves and offer words of encouragement. But in case you’d still like some pointers on how to handle that first race, here are 12 race tips to make sure everything goes off without a hitch.