Never done this before and I really don't know what to expect. Any tips very welcome. It is a 10k on 21.5. I'm proceeding on the basis that someone has to come last, but it ain't gonna be me. I am prepared to race for the finish line to be second to last. What should I take, not take. Anything I need to know about warming up, lining up or run etiquette? What about the loo situation?
My first race. What do I need to know? - Couch to 5K
Drink plenty of water the day before the race. Drink a reasonabe amount but not way beyond your normal intake on the morning. Do not take laxatives, hallucinogenics or muscle relaxants (and definitely not all three !) before the race. Line up with the other runners. Position yourself roughly where you expect to finish (ie, if you are anticiapating finishing towards the end of the field, do not start on pole position, and vice versa). Do not barge, kick, knock over or expectorate at other runners. Run at your own pace - do not try and keep up with people who pass you or slow down to the pace of people you pass.
There may be loos. Do not use them. They will not imprve your day. Assuming you have heeded the advice re drinking and laxatives you should be able to make it through an hour or so of running without needing a loo. Ditto water bottles, jelly babies, energy gels, ipods, etc etc. Leave them all at home. there will be water stations along the route and you do not need food during a 10k.
Have fun and don't forget to write a good race report and show us the bling.
Haha do not take laxatives! I squirted my tea up my nose. Ok drink a lot the day before, I can definitely do that. I have a full on fitness course the night before so I suppose I should give that a miss since I sometimes get aching if not to say screaming muscles from that. What about warming up? I'll walk 20 min to get there, so that's a warm up but then I expect there'll be a lot of hanging about waiting time in which to lose that lovely warm up effect. Looking forwyrd to starting my running bling collection.
Check out the course either live or online so you have an idea what to expect.
Plan for extra traffic if it's a biggish event and make sure you know where to park.
Take money (for car park just in case) and safety pins for your bib.
Allow plenty of time to get there so you're not rushing around.
Join the loo queue early.
Walk around and do some warm up exercises while waiting.
If you're not in a wave, then join others mid - back on the starting line.
Don't start off too fast. That's the biggest error because then it bu**ers up your pace for the rest of the race. Remember it's your race and your race only.
Let other faster runners pass and don't block them in (unintentionally of course!)
Run like hell and think of the finish line/bling/PB/post post/how epic you'll feel when you've finished.
The most important thing is enjoy the whole experience. It's supposed to be fun and you'll be brilliant. Good luck!
A wave is just a particular group of runners starting at a particular time. It's used at big events so that everyone is not starting at the same time but if yours is a small event they probably won't have them. You would be told well in advance what wave you are in.
And yes run like hell, but pace yourself 🙂
Oh yes , I forgot youre in Berlin !
Yes I agree with IP and Rig 100% , but personally I would take some water . Not sure if you are happy carrying it , but last year I did a 10k and it was a very warm day. The race blurb said " Water provided at 5k mark " I assumed rightly or wrongly that it would mean a bottle of water . No chance ! It was a tiny little flimsy plastic cup, which was totally inadequate for the conditions. I think the organisers got caught out there as to how warm the weather was going to be .
I always work on " Better to have and not need , than need and not have " Plus I always get hot when Im running anyway
I always take an Immodium the morning of the event too , but maybe that's just me
Good Luck, you will be fine. This is the start of the race addiction now Bop, once this is done , you will be looking out for more to get that " fix "
I am sure you will have a brilliant time, enjoy it and don't worry about how " slow " you think you may be .Yes you will get the racing snakes and elites , but most people are there to enjoy it , soak up the atmosphere and have a great time of it all ! xxx
Your 1st 10k race!v exciting!
I always have a routine of porridge and a banana before the race, I only have 1 cup of tea that morning and then water on the way round. I have to go to the loo to convince myself I will last the hr then I don't worry, and its never been an issue cos psychologically I know it'll be ok then! If you're walking there that should be warm up enough! I was tense and developed aches everywhere the few hrs before the race but all was fine. The crowds really spur you along and especially the sight of the finish line. You'll love it and be back for more!I always have my trusty mint tic tacs to refresh my mouth and as a reward every so on. Fruit skittles are good too!Also look up last year's results for a browse through.
Good luck!you'll be fine !😊😆
Thanks ali! I'll go for porridge but I'll have to pass on the banana, having been force fed them as a child. We had a kind of orchard full of bananas, mangoes etc. Can't face bananas any more unless they're in a milkshake. I'm a bit worried about the loo situation because I feel as if I constantly need a leak but hopefully if I go just before the run, it'll be good. I've since read we're doing a collective dance warm-up thing before the race starts. I reckon I am going to get a gigantic adrelin surge. Looking forward to it but also kind of worried about it.
Nothing new on race day (shoes, food, clothing, water belt) as you don't want a blister or to feel ill.
Also, if you take a walk break move to the side. Some folks here even signal by raising their hand. This is so the person who might be right behind you doesn't slam into you.
Most importantly have fun. It's a blast.
Rig is spot on as per.
I like to take as little as humanly possible
I used the portaloos for the first time as the queue for the ladies was miles long. It was spotlessly clean so phew! I had always avoided them, fearing the worst. On my last race though there was no chance of getting to the loo before the start as the queue just went on forever. Not nearly enough,but that seems to be the norm unfortunately. If you find a parking space near a supermarket etc you can use the loo pre race, which is always a boon
I have my first 10k race a few weeks after yours boptillyoudrop49
My biggest fear is either a really warm day - something I am just not prepared for - or needing the toilet a few km in! I think I might just carry a wad of loo roll with me!
There is a long Hill in the middle of the race and no downhill on the other side, but that's a minor inconvenience compared to the potential heat/toilet issue.