Greetings from Pittsburgh and Happy Friday!! Today Cynthia, Courtney and I went with a fairly broad theme of “Race Day”. Of course, Courtney was a step ahead of us and posted her race day last week so go on and check that out. My race day preparations are pretty standard but can vary if I’m traveling for a race. Since I’m race-cationing now, though hanging out at my parents doesn’t feel like a race-cation, today you get my race day preparations when traveling.
Stalk Check the weather. Typically around 10 days I start to get an idea of what I can expect. Then I begin with packing lists and revise as it gets closer. This weekend? 70s in the ‘Burgh… hoorah!
2. Start hydrating! I’m pretty good about water to begin with – I don’t do sodas and juices – but I add more beginning on Wednesday for a Sunday half. By Thursday I’m adding in electrolytes with Gatorade (or drinking smart water)
3. Packing. There is a big difference in flying to a race vs. driving. When I drive, I get to bring the bigger suitcase 🙂 I tend to overpack in these instances too but at least I don’t have to worry about stuffing anything in an overhead compartment or checking at the gate.
4. Flat Mar. Options 1, 2 and 3. This weekend I’m running 2 races but am always a game time decision on the outfit so I plan accordingly and bring a few options (though at this point I kinda know what’s happening).
5. All the gear. This includes Spibelt, Garmin and fuel. For Sunday I plan to use my small handheld because it’ll be a little warm. My fuel of choice is gummy bears which I’ll keep in the Spibelt. I eat light pre race but have VIP access this weekend which includes breakfast (and indoor plumbing, huzzah!) I’ll have some type of carb (hopefully bagel) with peanut butter and of course, coffee.
Speaking of preparations, step one in getting ready for Pittsburgh Marathon weekend happened last night – meeting up with the Official Bloggers.(left to right, Melissa, Jen, Me, Kristy, Chelsey, Kim, Jenna and Jennifer). We missed a few but getting to see some old friends and meet new ones was a pretty great start to the weekend! Can’t wait for more 🙂
How do you prepare for race day? What are some of your essentials? TGIF – hope you enjoy sunshine wherever you are!