1. You set a goal time
If it’s your first race, don’t even think about setting yourself a goal time for finishing. Timing your runs and trying to better your pace is fine, but your focus for the first long race you do should just be to finish. Yes, you want to make sure you can complete it within the set time frame (if your race has one), but don’t worry about completing by a certain minute mark. For various reasons, you might run more slowly on race day. So give yourself a break and just plan on crossing that finish line.