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Race Day: Toeing the line for the first time.

Posted at: 05/29/2014 12:40 PM
Updated at: 05/29/2014 5:51 PM
By: Benita Zahn

A viewer reached out to me the other day looking for guidance. She'll be running her first race, ever on 5/31 - the Freihoffer's Run for Women. What could I tell her about running that race, about managing the stress of tackling the course ...

I shared some thoughts and then reached out to my running pals -- much of their advice was similar but there were so many other suggestions - some I've forgotten through the years, some I never considered - all will serve you well.

I'm happy to share the advice - you're welcome to use this in any way you see fit. All I ask is that you be sure to pay attention to the advice that talks about smiling and engaging - good advice in our every day lives.

And for those who'll be on that start line - here's to the wind at your back and the sun on your face! (and if you have any pointers not covered - please share!)

Suzee - Let your nervous energy work for you!

Kristen - Get there early, find the porta poty before the lines form, warm up, relax, have fun, enjoy the runners and spectators on the course, smile for the cameras and next year join the Freihofer's Training Challenge for a great training program to get you ready!