This is it. You’ve put in the miles, spent hours at the gym, eaten the energy gels. Now, it’s time to run the big race!
When it comes to race day, I try to keep it as low maintenance as possible. I want to devote all my energy to crossing the finish line. Plus, races are typically early in the morning, and I am so not a morning person. The last thing that I want to do is wake up and pack a race bag. It comes as no surprise that I am a big fan of packing everything the night before.
However, I’ve had a few nightmarish scenarios where I totally forget to pack something, even after double (and triple) checking. One race, I forgot my iPod – something that I truly can’t run without. Thankfully, the race was fairly short. The second time was a near-miss. I almost forgot my iPod right before running the New York Marathon. I mean, I was in the cab getting ready to take a two-hour commute to Staten Island. I definitely could not have trekked out 26.2 miles without it. Talk about dodging a bullet.
That was when I decided that I needed to come up with a pre-race checklist to make sure that I was packing everything on race day eve. Here is my tried-and-true packing list for 2018. I hope it helps make your next race a little easier, too.
In addition to the packing list, I recommend laying out your outfit the night before. The key is to make yourself barely think on race day morning. Trust me, your body and brain will thank you for the added mental effort on race day eve.