Pre-Race Prep

Pre-Race Preparations

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Big Ten Network B1G 10k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

On the eve of the Big Ten Network 10k, I am calm and confident. Why? I believe I have my race day prep under control.

Ok, so maybe it’s also because it’s the 4th time running this event. It is also what feels like my 100th 10k or something like that.

Don’t get me wrong, I still get a little nervous or worried about race day, but doing the following helps me “stay the course.”

First– I plan my outfit. Yes, there are some races where I have been known to wake up and just grab some gear. I can do that because I know what I like to run in, and I usually have planned my outfit in my head. Laying out my gear, and taking a picture of it, especially while traveling makes race morning that much easier. Also, it’s easy to visually see something you might have missed. Once, I have done this, I can just wake up and get ready as everything is together.

Second – I review the course. Sure, I have yet to lead a race, but there have been times I have been alone on the course. Having a general knowledge of what directions I should be headed is helpful.

Third – Checking race start times. This is probably the most critical, I then know when to wake up and start my morning routine.

Fourth – Logistics. Do I need to check a bag, where is that? Where is my corral entrance? Do I need to get there via public transportation? Do I have to pay to park? There can be so many little things that can throw a wrench in race morning.

Fifth – Fueling and hydration. For a longer race I make sure I have been drinking extra the week before, for shorter races I try to limit my alcohol. I also try to eat pretty bland before a race. I could push the limits, but I do best with food that is similar to cardboard.

Sixth – Sleep! This is one of the most crucial, in my opinion. It can be hard to catch some zzzz’s while traveling and race day nerves may have you up all night. I try to at the least crawl into bed earlier that normal, just resting my legs is a great place to start.

Finally, the seventh pre-race ritual – Coffee! This has been my routine since I can remember. I wake up at least an hour before I need to start, I drink coffee. This is the crucial step that leads me to a successful trip to the bathroom.

If I have prepared correctly and walked through all these steps, I am happily snapping selfies on the starting line with Herky tomorrow, or my fellow BibRave pals and Hawkeye friends.


Good luck racers, rest up, eat cardboard and drink some coffee!


BTN B1G 10k

How far will you go to support your favorite sports team?

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the Big Ten Network Big 10 10k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

It shouldn’t be news to you that I am a HUGE Hawkeye sports fan. I grew up 20 ish miles from the University of Iowa Campus, I idolized my hometown Hawkeye – Marv Cook, it took me 5 years – but I graduated from the U of I, and I never left. Yes – I love my Hawkeyes.


a run past Kinnick Stadium

I also love running…again this shouldn’t be a surprise…LOL.

Enter the B1G 10k in Chicago on July 23.

Now this is not my first time participating at this event. I did this race in one of the first years, and again in 2016. One of the coolest things about this race is the swag, your race shirt is the Big Ten team of your choice, alternating the main colors every other year. I have always received the gold – but it’s really yellow – shirt. I think I am most excited to finally get the black shirt this year. If you are just a fan of colleges ports, you can choose a generic BTN shirt too.


Ok, shirts aside…. there is also the great post race tailgate atmosphere, beers, sausages, team tents with trophies, and much more.

BUT DID YOU KNOW about the SPIRIT AWARD? In addition to the overall award winners, and the Big Ten Bonus Prize, there is an award for the most spirited fan.

BTN is looking for the most die-hard Big Ten fans at the BTN Big 10K! Post your most spirited photos on race day using the #BTNBig10K hashtag for your chance to win!

So – get out the face paint, maybe you have a home made mascot costume? Then tweet or gram your photos with the above hashtag for a chance to win one of these prizes:

  • Football Grand Prize : Two (2) Tickets to the 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game
  • Basketball Grand Prize : Two (2) All-Session Passes to the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament –

Only photos submitted on a public Twitter or Instagram account on July 23, 2017 will be eligible for entry 

I’ll be honest, it’s one of my biggest challenges to wear the BibRave Orange as a Hawkeye fan. Last year I made sure to put on some temporary tattoos, a Hawkeye hat, and sparkle skirt. I will have to get creative this year, the prizes are awesome!


Register today with code BibRaveBTN17 for a bonus drink bottle –

So what have you done to support your favorite sports team?