Top 10 10-K (or other race/runs) Do's and Don'ts...
1. DO thank the volunteers as you pass them by. Without them, you might get hit by a car, or get lost, or be thirsty. They will appreciate the thank you!
2. As other runners pass you(or you pass them), tell them "good job", and acknowledge them when they say it to you. A little encouragement goes a long way.
3. DO NOT spit or blow a snot rocket unless you are SURE you won't hit someone...gross.
4. DO NOT wear anything new on race day. No new shoes/shirts/shorts..not EVEN a new bra, undies, or socks. Why take a chance on a blister, a chafe, or any other discomfort if you can help it.
5. DO NOT start out too fast. You don't want to run out of steam halfway through the race.
6. DO pee before the race starts...though maybe not in the porta-potties as those usually have a line a mile long...and then you might miss the start of the race.
7. DO have your favorite running tunes to help you along.
8. DO turn your music OFF and take out your earbuds for the last 1/2 mile. The cheers and claps of the onlookers at the finish line is a huge energy boost, right when you need it most.
9. DO eat before(well, not RIGHT before, silly) your run...even if you're nervous. You must have enough "gas in your tank" to run well.
10. DO thank your supporting "cheerleaders" you dragged along to watch you. I'm sure they had better things to do(aside from the 2 minutes at the start and finish line where they actually GOT TO SEE YOU).
I'm sure you're all on the edge of your seat to read tomorrow's post about my 10-K...it was my best ever...stay tuned.