For new runners, that last week leading up to your first race can give you the jitters. You’re excited, but you also don’t know exactly what to expect. Aside from wondering if you’ve trained well enough for the race, you worry about the logistics of getting to the starting line on time, with everything you need. You wonder what you should eat in the days and hours leading up to the race. In short, you’ve got a lot of unanswered questions.

While there’s no shortage of articles offering practical tips for new runners, I wanted to go a step further and give new runners (or those returning after a long hiatus) a practical, day-by-day checklist to follow the week leading up to your first race.

You can read my article at Active.com, and if you enjoy it or find it useful, please don’t forget to share it!