Racing season is in full swing all around the country. For many runners, both casual and serious, summer means setting the alarm clock (frighteningly!) early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to make it to the start line in time. 

Whether it’s your first race or your fiftieth, we’ve gathered a handful of useful tips to make sure you are calm, collected and ready to kick some asphalt come race day. 

Arrive Early:
There’s nothing worse than rushing around 10 minutes before start time trying to make it to the bathroom, stretch and get to your corral before the whistle blows. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the race and to relax a little when you get there. 

Old is Better than New:
When it comes to running gear, always go with your old standbys. Now is not the time to pull the rookie off the bench. You never know if a new pair of shoes will give you blisters, so better to be safe than sorry. Stick with shoes and clothes you know and love. 

Take a Deep Breath: 
No matter what your goal is for the race, remember to relax and take a deep breath. It’s already an accomplishment that you committed to crossing the start line. Don’t worry about your finish time too much — just relax and try to enjoy the ride. 


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