Tomorrow morning I am Philly-bound. I will be rocking and rolling on Sunday with Tara for 13.1 miles, plus 5 (probably before thanks to some of your opinions). So, tonight I’ll be packing for the trip. While I am only going overnight, it is important that I bring the right stuff. (NKOTB pun intended) This brings me to today’s list.
Top Five Things to Keep in Mind when Travelling for a Race
1. Do not forget your sneakers! This might sound silly, but it’s really the one thing that you do not want to have to replace on race day. Even if you get the same kind, they are brand, spanking new and no one wants to race especially long distance in stiff new sneakers. Some people travel in their running sneakers, I prefer to pack mine and wear something comfy. This way I have something to wear home instead of being swollen and stuck in the same sneakers. This is what I’m wearing.
2. Hydrate while travelling. Your hydration the day or two before a marathon is key. This is usually often the days that you would be travelling. Sometimes travelling takes us out of wack. Make sure you have your water bottle and you keep sipping.
3. Do your research and have a plan. Study not only your course map, but the map from hotel to the start and finish. How we you get to the start and at what time. Also have 2-3 options for a pre-race dinner or better yet make a reservation in advance (after checking the menu).
4. Have at least 2 options for race day outfits. While you should always check the local weather leading up to a weather, the weather man has been wrong in the past. Have something for a warmer day, a cooler and a wet day. That might just mean a hat in case it rains. Regardless better to have than not to have. And NEVER WEAR ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY!
5. Run hard! A PR is a great souveneir.
With that, I’m off to the home of the cheese steak! I’ll be on Instagram and Twitter throughout the weekend. If you do not follow me on either, please do. If you are in Philly or headed there for the half, let me know. I’d love to say hi! If you know the area, I’m open to suggestions for pre-race dinner and post-race brunch (see, I’m researching). Look for a recap on Monday and have a great weekend!