This is what I take with me on races, I have this list saved on my phone and use it to get ready for every race.
Like I wrote on my previous post about getting ready for a race, I know it’s not a short list, but I need every single item that’s on it.
Anything else I should add?
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Great list! I need to put one together!
Thanks, it’s a must have for me, otherwise I know I’d forget something.
It’s mostly warm here so I usually start with a tank top, although if it were cold I’d do a throwaway shirt, that’s a great option instead of tying it to my waist (no way).
I don’t run with a phone… I used to and it just bugs me. I have it with me as far as I can and then go put it in my car. Thanks for the tip about the zip lock bag though, if I find myself having to run with it (because the car is just too far and I have to be in touch with family/friends) I’ll definitely do it, hadn’t thought of that, and rain/sweat/water getting it wet is a big possibility.
Looks pretty good! Do you carry your phone with you? I always do, so that I can receive texts from my husband (or who ever else is watching) to let me know where to look for them. If there’s any chance of rain, make sure to put it in a zip locked, well sealed bag or some other source of protection from the water. Also, not sure what the weather will be like where you’re running, but I can’t stand being the least bit hot when I run, but I get cold very easily when I’m standing around. As long as the temps are in the 40s (farenheit) or higher, I will be running in a sports bra if it’s a marathon, so I make sure to start off with a shirt that I intend to throw off/throw away in the middle of the race when I get hot. In other words, I never wear a nice shirt that I want to keep.
Thanks! This will definitely come in handy when I run my first half-marathon in May!
Great! And good luck! Hope your training is going well.
That’s a good list. How do you manage keeping everything with you for the run? Do you put it in a pouch, or keep in your car?
The “to wear during” section, GU gels and car keys go with me, everything else has to stay in the car. If I were to run one of those races where you park really far from the start of the race (like taking a bus/ferry far) then I might have to rethink things.
This is a great list. When I was younger, I was the girl who would forget her lacrosse stick….going to her lacrosse game 🙂 I run a handful of races each year, so this is helpful! Thanks for sharing!
I used to have such a great memory, but I don’t anymore, so I really need a list… I could be the one forgetting running shoes to a race, no kidding.
Oh me too – have a great day!
Great list. Good luck with the 10k and subsequent races. I always take tissues/wet wipes always handy as the toilets are not always lovely!
Adding TP and wipes right now! Thanks!
I would also put something about mental preparation. There’s a lot of physical things we prefer to race with, but what we really need is our mind to be turned on.
When I leave for a race, I double-check that I have my spikes, singlet(with the bib already attached,) and shorts. Then I forget about the rest, because the items are nice, but not extremely essential and focus on visualizing myself at different parts of the race.
I agree with you. For some reason I think of a list as physical objects I need to take, but there are a few other things I have with me as well, like a race plan (for my half I even wrote my planned splits on a piece of cardboard and put it in my pocket), a special playlist on my IPod for the duration of the race), and positive mental energy.
Great idea! I usually have one in my car, but not always, so yes, should make sure I have one with me, thanks.
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I definitely need one of these …
I don’t see a hat on your list. I always bring multiples of clothing – the weather can change quickly in Colorado. For example, I bring running gloves of various thickness.
You are right, and I always think about taking one but I just never wear them (on regular runs either), they just bother me. I wore a warm winter hat a couple of times during early winter runs, but never a sun cap or visor.
Well, you don’t live in Colorado.
Depends on the length of the race and the weather, but there is nothing I love more than putting my feet in flip-flops after a long run, so they are definitely on my checklist 🙂
That’s a good one, I actually wore them to my last race and stayed in flip flops until it was time to go warm up.