2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Thursday, December 29, 2011

What to Pack If You're Traveling to a Race

I first posted this list back in August of this year, but figured that it would be good to share it again as I start to think about packing for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  

The following is a list of some of the things that I think are important to make sure you bring if you are traveling to race.  This is not an exhaustive list and you may have things you can't run without that I haven't included, but hopefully this will get you thinking about what you'd like to bring with you.
  • Waivers/Race Registration Receipts
    • Print your race waiver(s) prior to leaving home so you don't have to rely on a printer at the expo
    • Bring a copy of your race registration receipt(s), that way if something happens and they can't find you there's proof of your registration
  • Final Race Instructions/Driving Directions
    • It's always a good idea to have a copy of the race program, final race instructions or any other materials that have been published for participants.  These documents normally have important information about expo times, things you can or cannot do before/during/after the race, etc...
    • There may be special driving directions, road closures, or parking information that you'll need if renting a car and driving to the event.  It's also a good idea to use a mapping program or GPS to get turn by turn directions so you don't get lost if you're not familiar with the area.
  • Flight and Hotel Information
    • You never know what is going to happen so make sure you have all your flight information and hotel information with you at all times
  • Race Clothes/Shoes/Accessories
    • Hopefully you'll have run tested your clothing and know what you'll wear during race day.
    • You'll have to make a decision on whether to check your race gear if checking luggage or pack it in your carry on.
      • If you decide to check your bag, be aware that you may end up without your clothes is your luggage gets lost.
      • This means you'll be scrambling at the expo to find clothes or heading to a local store to try to find something to wear - very stressful.
    • Don't forget your running shoes
      • If you want to be sure your shoes will make it with you, wear them on travel day.  Clothes are much easier to replace than shoes and you won't have enough time to break in a brand new pair of shoes before the race.
    • Under clothes, socks, hair accessories
      • If you're used to running with certain socks, under clothes or wearing your hair in a certain fashion, make sure you pack everything you need.
      • Hat, visor, sunglasses
    • Prepare for any weather
      • You don't know if it's going to rain, shine, sleet, snow, be windy, hot, cold or some other freaky weather.  Try to be prepared for any weather conditions.
  • Fuel
    • You may want to bring pre-race fuel (Powerbar or whatever else you're used to having prior to a race).
    • Race day isn't the day to be testing new fuel products.  Training is when you need to test new fuel products.  Gels, energy drinks, electrolyte replacements, bars, recovery drinks, Lifesavers :), etc...
    • This also includes containers to carry your fuel - gel flasks, handheld water bottles, fuel belts, etc..
  • First Aid/Preventive Products
    • Whatever your choice of products to prevent chafing (Body Glide, etc...).
    • Moleskin for blisters.
    • Band-aids (guys you can use these on nipples if you don't sweat too much).
    • Lip balm to soothe chapped lips before/during/after the race.
    • Sunscreen  to protect your skin while out on the course.
    • Biofreeze or other pain relief medication to help with sore muscles/joints.
    • Pain reliever of your choice to help ease those aches and pains.
  • Watch/GPS/Pedometer
    • If you run with a watch/GPS or other pace/distance device make sure you have it.
    • Pace bands - if you are looking for a specific time you may want to pack a pace band or pace tattoo.
    • Heart rate monitors can be included here too.
  • Technology
    • You may want to bring your cell phone to text before/during/after the race, find people, or receive text messages with your splits.
    • Do you listen to music while you run?  If so, don't forget your MP3 Player.
    • Are there photo ops on the course?  Have a camera or video camera handy so you don't miss any great moments and so you can share later.
Those are a few of my most important things to bring to a race when I have to travel out of my local area.  What else do you consider absolutely necessary to race your best away from home?


Chris said...

I dunno, maybe the kitchen sink? ;-)

You forgot one important thing.....your picture frame...for your new PR....cause you're gonna nail it! You've already got my vote for most improved Team Voicer of the year, just an amazing year with more to come!

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