What (& How) To Pack For Race Day
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When traveling, it can be stressful to remember all the things you might need, throw in running and you’ve just increased your chance to forget something. As I travel to my next half marathon, I will highlight some of my tips to make sure you are ready on the starting line.
The first thing I do is to start checking the weather. Then I know what to season of running clothes I should consider.
Next. I start putting together a list in my head. How many days will I be gone? What size of bag will I need to bring? Will I be going out to dinner?
Once I have a general idea, it’s time to make sure everything is clean, do I need to do some laundry?
I then pull out all the things I have thought about and throw them in a pile on my bag. I then group my clothing by day. So I will put together day one running outfit, day one normal day outfit and so on.
Then I make sure to have a pair of running shoes and for good measure I throw in 26 extra pairs of underwear. Ok, maybe an exaggeration, but I tend to over pack that item.
For race day I always pack: running shoes, running pants, a running skirt, sports bra, running shirt (tank, short sleeve) Aftershokz, race belt, running glasses, a hat, compression socks. Weather permitting – a pullover, BUFF(R), hydration pack with supplies.
It’s then time to stuff all the things in my bag and hope the toiletry things fit on top. I always do a twice over of my contact solution, toothpaste, etc. Most hotels are good for these things, but I need my prescription glasses.
This next step is the most crucial – I then open the bag back up and check for everything I can not buy at a big box store. For me that is my running shoes, running shorts and a sports bra. Then I check one more time.
Ok, I lied, when it’s time to leave, and after I have tossed my bag into the car, I then check again to make sure I have all the things I can not buy at a big box store. I am then satisfied and am ready to go.
If you know me or have followed along for a good while, you might know that I once forgot my running shorts. GASP!!! Lucky me, there was a store close by and I ended up with some capris that would work last minute. Believe me, the last thing I want is to wear something new on race day. Chaffing is no joke. When I looked back at that incident, I did not quadruple check my items.
I have already started the mental checklist for Madison. I am in town for 2 days and one day includes sitting outside at a sporting event, and going to the expo. (PS expo is 10-5, maybe I will see you there.) Then there is race day. These things involve a little extra like blankets and heavy coats. One things, for sure, I will be checking that bag a bajillion times.