Wrote this a while back …
Entering your first race? Here are a few tips to ensure that race day runs smoothly. Pun intended.
Set your alarm and arrive on time
I admit it. I once arrived late for a race. Okay fine, it happened more than once. But please let me say that it’s not because I’d spent it partying the previous night. It’s because I hadn’t considered the fact that there might be traffic on route. Yes, it might be six on a Saturday morning, but certain races are popular, drawing around 20 000 participants. Make sure you leave yourself enough time to fight through traffic and find parking.
Clear your bladder before a race
A friend, who shall not be named, once missed the cut-off time for the Two Oceans by 5 minutes because he spent 20 minutes waiting for a portaloo. Do the math, people! Besides not all races have portaloos stationed along the route. This brings me to my next point.
Bring along some tissues
All I’m going to say is that God’s green foliage makes a poor substitute for toilet paper. So I hear…
I’m going to say the dirty, little C word: Cancer. If those clever doctors are to be believed, one of the best ways to prevent skin cancer and all the nastiness associated with it (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery), is to apply sunscreen. Do so!
Wear a cap
A cap serves two purposes. It protects you from the harsh rays of the sun and hence cancer (see above). It also conceals a bad hair day, leaving the rest of humanity none the wiser.
If you’re anything like me at all, you probably have high hopes of meeting Mr Right at a race. This means that you’ll inevitably be applying make-up. Go with waterproof mascara. You will sweat. And you should be the one doing the running, not your mascara.