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Three Tips to Help New Runners Prepare for Race Day

Kalley Aman

As a partner at the Buchalter law firm in Southern California, Kalley Aman represents clients in matters related to employment law. In her free time, Kalley Aman enjoys competitive running and participating in events such as the Manhattan Beach 10K Run, which will take place on October 5, 2019.

If you're an experienced runner, it's likely that you've already competed in several races, so you understand what it takes to prepare for race day. However, those who are new to competitive running may not know where to start. If this is you, check out these tips to help you on your way:
1. Start Small
Even if you're used to running a significant distance on your own, you should start with a casual shorter event rather than jumping right into a marathon. The best part is that shorter races such as 5Ks and 10Ks are typically community-oriented events that offer encouragement to first-time racers.
2. Learn the Course
Once you know the route of your upcoming race, it's a good idea to check it out beforehand so that you are better prepared for race day. Walking the course can show you areas where you can push yourself, and it will keep you from getting lost during the event.
3. Practice, Plan, and Relax
In the days leading up to the event, keep running to condition your body and be sure to get enough rest during training. Determine what you're going to wear, eat, and drink ahead of time, but keep in mind that you probably don't want to try anything new for the event. On race day, arrive early, start slow, and don't forget to relax and enjoy yourself without worrying about the finish line.

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