How to prepare for your first race

Preparing for your first race?

Perhaps it is an item to cross of your bucket list. Maybe it’s a way to stay in shape. It could be a way to stay active with your family.

No matter what your reason is for starting your running journey, it likely will include a race. Races are a great way to celebrate the training miles you have put in!

How to prepare for your first race?

When it comes to your first race, it can be a little overwhelming. No matter the distance, no matter the size of the event, no matter where the race is – here are some tips to make your first race experience a great one!

5 Tips to Prepare for your First Race

1. Do a little research.

When it comes to your first race, the nerves can definitely rise. Be prepared for what race day holds by researching your race! Check out the website, look for race recaps or even email the race director. This will help you prepare for how many runners you will encounter, the race course, water stations, parking, etc – meaning less nerves on race day.

2. Leave the time goals behind.

Sure, you may have an idea of what time you would like to finish your race in. Good news – since this is your first race, it is an automatic personal record! Leave your time goals behind and take in everything your first race experience includes. You will have plenty of other opportunities to work on that time goal!

3. Nothing new on race day.

During your training, you have used certain clothes, shoes, fuel, etc. Use these same items on race day! Don’t try a new pre-race dinner. Don’t drink coffee before the race if you haven’t before. And don’t wear a new outfit or shoes. Stick with what you KNOW works, and you won’t pay for it in the middle of the race!

4. Have a mantra.

Things happen during a race. Maybe the weather isn’t what you were expecting. Maybe there is a hill midway through the race that seems to last forever. Maybe your legs start to feel sore. Prepare by having a mantra ready. This quote, saying or song lyric is what can push you through and get you to the finish line!

5. Enjoy every mile.

You will never get a first race experience again, so take it all in! Read the signs. High five the spectators. Look at the scenery. Take in the excitement. Enjoy every single mile – you have worked hard for this moment!


With these tips, your first race is a memory you will cherish forever. No matter how you cross the finish line, it is a great accomplishment and should be celebrated – so be sure to celebrate well!


megan-headshotAbout the Author:

Megan Biller is a lady on the run in Michigan. Three years ago she began running, and since has run multiple 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon races, including the multi-day runDisney Dopey Challenge. She chronicles her running journey on her blog, Running Toward the Prize and is the author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World

It’s My Birthday + Fitness Gear for the New Year 2014

The Koss feature is a part of a sponsored opportunity by Fitfluential LLC.


It’s my birthday! Weee. I am officially 24th. Ugh, does time fly by. I keep thinking I’m young and then I look at my age in writing and I can hardly believe I’m in my middle 20s, what the heck – how and when did that happen?!

Today I’m featuring a few things for fit gear for women who like to stay active or want to stay more active. I am committing to living a more active lifestyle this year (last year was a bit of a flop) and there’s nothing to motivate a girl more than some new gear to get your excited!

Koss Fit Gear for New Year

Koss Fit Series – Koss’ female designers teamed-up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres to create the world’s first headphones designed specifically for women, by women. I love these earbuds because they actually STAY IN PLACE unlike most uni-sex earbuds. They are perfect for an active girl becuase they are sweat resistant. They also have three different sizes of ear cushions included for the perfect fit. They have two options: FitBuds ($29.99*) which are 33% smaller and are closer to your typical earbuds; and FitClips ($29.99*) which stay in place because of the build. I love using the FitClips for cardio.

You can buy them at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart, or Sears.

Make sure to like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter!


Fit Gear for New Year

Fitbit Force – I love Fitbit. I had the Fitbit Ultra and Fitbit One. But I gave the Ultra to my mom a while back when I received the One. Now I have no idea where the One is… I might have lost it. Meh. So you can understand when I learned that there’s an easier way to carry this little device now – on your wrist. No need to worry about it getting lost (ekhem). So yes, I do want this little device for me. It tracks how many steps you take each day, how many floors, how many calories you burned, how well you sleep AND it has a vibrating alarm (I LOVE that part).

You can buy it for $129.99 on Fitbit website.

Fit Clothing – There are many brands that make awesome fitness clothing and I definitely think wearing some fun and comfortable clothes can make you even more motivated to get a workout in. After all, looking fabulous while getting in shape makes it that much more fun ;)


I like these pants from Bebe (1), this Champion pullover from Target (2), this top from Athleta (3), these sweatpants from Lululemon (4).


Question for you:

  • Which fitness products are on YOUR fitness wish list?

4 Ways To Make the Treadmill More Fun!

We’ve got an awesome guest post today from a Chicago running blogger. A lady I met over at HLS in September. She’s gonna talk about some ways to make running on the treadmill more fun! Enjoy!

Hey everyone! My name is Katie and I blog over at Peace Love & Oats. I’m a 20-something recent law school graduate living in Chicago, searching for a job, and just blogging about my life. One of my favorite activities to do here in Chicago is RUN! I started running when I moved here and went from 5Ks to running the Chicago Marathon in 2012.

Peace Love and Oats Chicago Marathon

While training for races, I often take my runs inside to the treadmill. Running on the treadmill can be a great option, especially for safety if you have to run when it’s dark out, it allows you to switch up your workout quickly from the treadmill to something else, and you have everything you need right there: water, bathrooms and heat!

Even with all of these great reasons, I’m sure you are all thinking: but I HATE the treadmill! Well, calm yourself, because I’ve got some ways to make treadmill running a little more bearable!

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