A Head Start: 7 Race Tips Every First-time Runner Should Know

Photo by: Lizzie Heiselt
Don't Wear Anything New
New clothes or shoes could rub you the wrong way. Stick with stuff that has been tried and tested. If you want to wear something new, be sure to take it... more 
Photo by: Lizzie Heiselt
Don't Wear Anything New
New clothes or shoes could rub you the wrong way. Stick with stuff that has been tried and tested. If you want to wear something new, be sure to take it on a test run or two to make sure it fits right and doesn't rub wrong.
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Mon, Jun 17, 2013 11:50 AM EDT

You've been running religiously, getting your miles in and maybe even clocking your time, wondering how fast you can actually run. But even though you are as ready to run as you've ever been, you are a little nervous about the race part of the day. What's it like to line up with hundreds - or even thousands - of your fellow runners? What if you mess up? Or do something wrong? No worries. Not only are runners among the nicest of crowds to . . . ahem, run with, they're also always happy to see newbies join their ranks. You'll likely find dozens of runners willing to help you calm your nerves and offer words of encouragement. Click through for 7 things every first-time runner should know! -By Lizzie Heiselt

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