It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate!
(^Great movie, be-tee-dubs.)
J/K. I love having the themes! Since I have a few races coming up, I thought I’d share my Five Race Day Essentials. Let’s break it down.
- Broken in running shoes: I get that you want to feel all shiny and cute on race day (though you won’t be shiny and cute by the end of race day – FYI). Feel free to get a cute headband, paint your nails, or rock a tutu, but do not – I repeat – do not try wearing brand new sneaks on race day. Go with the same shoes you’ve been training in – the broken in ones – the tried and true one. These are you babies. They will treat you right. New shoes are awesome – but you don’t want to be at mile 4 of your marathon with blisters a boilin’.
- Weather appropriate clothing: Make like Goldilocks and dress just right. Check the hourly weather for race day and come prepared for whatever the weather will be at the starting line, during the race, and after the race. So, if you have to be in your corral at 6am when it’s 40 degrees, but halfway through your race it will be a sunny 55, and post race there is going to be some wind – dress in layers you don’t mind tossing to the side (or a trash bag – surprising insulation!) and have a family member or friend bring you a jacket for the finish line.
- Your race bib: Most race bibs include your tracking chip, sooooo don’t forget that if you want to track your time! Your bib number is also how photographers sort pictures after the race, so wear your bib on your front like it’s… a bib! (ahhh, I get it now!). You can wear it on your back, but you’ll miss out on all the pictures of you looking all sweaty and awesome.
- Fuel/hydration: This is especially important for longer races. Most long races will have fuel stations, but I suggest bringing whatever fuel you trained with (I use Energybits). It’s also not so good to experiment with new fuel methods on race day, so see what the race will be providing. Ensure you’ve had it before if you don’t want to carry your own fuel. There will also be hydration stations en route to the finish line, but you never know when you’ll need that little extra sip of water or chug of a sports drink. Bring you own water bottle filled with whatever quenches your thirst (Except maybe not wine. Ok, maybe wine.) so you can gulp it down whenever you need.
- A good attitude: You’ve been training for this. You have your broken in shoes, your weather appropriate clothing, your bib, and you’re fuel. You got this! Let the announcers and music at the starting line pump you up. Chat with other racers. Put a smile on your face! Start race ready to be one bad ass mother racer, and remember that you are one through ever mile marker, fuel station, every time your about ready to give in. Sometimes it’s about a PR, but it should ALWAYS be about fun!
What are you loving on this find Friday?
Books? You say? What a coincidence! There’s an awesome audio book giveaway going on right now! Why not add an audio book to your race day essentials list and listen while you zip through the miles? Check out the details of the giveaway here or go ahead and enter below!