My Race Day Must Haves
As spring race season approaches, I like to take inventory of what I have and what I may need to stock up on. Everyone has their race day rituals, superstitions, and must haves to get them through! Here are my Must Haves!:
Glide– If I could coat myself head-to-toe in this stuff I would. Correction: I do. Some people chafe and some don’t. I chafe. That’s it. I actually have a scar from a sports bra that didn’t agree with me after 15 miles. I don’t make that mistake anymore.
Thorlo ‘Experia’ Socks – These socks are amazing. Before I started using them I got blisters if I ran more than 8 miles. Now my feet have amazing cushioned padding for my whole run. Some would say it’s weird that I have a sock preference but after losing lots of toe nails and having blisters under blisters, I think it’d be weird if I didn’t have a sock preference.
Nathan Hydration Belt – Want to look cool in front of all your friends… don’t become a runner! I rock my Nathan Hydration Belt for most races. It’s like a Batman utility belt and did i mention it’s bright pink!!
Hat/Sunglasses – My eyes are extremely light-sensitive. No really. Without shades or a hat (sometimes both) my eyes will tear up and burn.
McDavid Knee Wrap: I have a wonky knee. There’s a history of knee issues. Occasionally, it will just give out. (That’s always fun!) When I run with this band it makes falling less likely.
Nuun – Nuun!!! I asked at last year’s MCM Expo apparently it’s pronounced “noon.” I happen to like most of their flavors but the Cherry-Limeade and Lemon Lime are the best.
New Balance 870V3 – I’ve discussed how I’m in love with my sneakers before right?!? Well I can’t stop. They are fantastic. I was always a Nike or Brooks girl. But after getting fitted again last fall, I was told I needed additional room in the toe box. I am a shoe addict and also have Brooks Ravenna 5 & NB 890s
Fuel – GU. Salted Caramel, Espresso Love, or Plain – There was a time when I could handle almost any GU flavor you threw at me. That was until I ran a marathon last November. During the training I tried out lots and learned what I do and don’t like. I also learned that anything you have after mile 20 of the marathon is forever tainted. (sorry vanilla bean)
RoadID – I run with a RoadID. After fainting at the finish of the Seaside Heights Half Marathon, I purchased this. I have my hubby’s contact, my mom, my allergies, and my mantra. It’s really helpful.
Garmin 405 – My Garmin has been with my since 2009. I’m impressed every time I use it that 5 years later and it’s still rocking. I originally “borrowed” this from my mom while I was in college. And well I don’t think she’s ever getting it back.
Shuffle with Yur Buds – When I run a race alone I need my music. Sorry to those of you who hate people like me but, it’s what I do. However, I do not use it if the race is very specific about it like the Cape Cod Marathon or if I’m running with a group.
Picture ready? Yes, I will wear some Tinted moisturizer, Waterproof Mascara, Waterproof Eye Liner, and chapstick on race day. I also recently discovered waterproof clay based shadows as well. Listen, I’m not covered in makeup but a small non-comedogenic amount works for me.
I know that I am over prepared. I feel like that kid from Christmas Story. Once you’re in a situation where you need something and don’t have it, your perspective changes.
What do you consider your must haves? Think of something I missed? When’s your next race? Do you also obsess over some of these products as much as I do?