After two years of running and a very active race schedule, I felt it was time I reviewed what I had learned. I will forever continue to learn but I thought I would share just a few thoughts now.
Always prepare for the race early enough. A stress free positive runner is a successful runner!
Have that carb loading dinner suited to your needs. Eating too much or not enough can be detrimental to your race. (LIGHTNINGRUNNER made an excellent point. Do that carb loading 2-3 days prior to the race!)
Just before your race, make sure you are hydrated properly for your distance.
Review your course beforehand if possible. That volunteer just might not be at the fork in the road with no directions posted!
Know where your water (and gel if your race warrants it.), aid, and comfort stations are located on the course.
Always get to your race early enough to get relaxed, confy with your surroundings, and ready to step up to that starting line focused.
Depending on your speed, position yourself on the course accordingly. Just like driving a car, slower pacers should be to the right. Four walkers abreast on a narrow road, shared with marathoners, is not considerate. We're all runners no matter what but we should still be respectful to others.
When you cross that Finish Line, and you will, make sure you clear that immediate area and find an open area to cool down properly. Here's a great article..
You should have a game plan for any distance whether you walk, jog, wog, run or crawl through the race. Stay with it. Don't let anything or anyone distract you from it.
Compile all you need that involves your run, and make a checklist you can follow before every run. Edit it as you learn more on the journey! Use it as your guide
Most importantly, embrace that run to the fullest. Positive waves! You've trained properly for your distance and you've done everything right! Enjoy the journey!