We turn over "Run, Sacramento" this morning to guest blogger, Stephanie Papas, who reminds runners that they need to make a list and check it twice before leaving town for a road race. Good refresher for those going to run in Eugene, Avenue of the Giants or Miwok on Sunday.
There are a zillion fall marathons to choose from, but there aren't as many choices for spring or summer. This means that many runners are staying close to home, running local races. Having a race on the calendar helps get us out the door, especially on those 100 degree days and keeps us "race ready." There are many perks to running a local race - there are no travel expenses, you don't need to take days off from work, you get to sleep in your own bed, and you might get to run with your friends and training partners. An added bonus is that you are supporting your local running community.
Even for the races that start in our neighborhood, we need gear. Let's face it - runners love gear. Oh yeah, we brag about how all we need is a pair of shoes (and yes, maybe a few items of clothing), but really, we need our stuff. And since runners are a bit persnickety about preparation, even for a local race of a short distance, here's a checklist you can use to prepare for race day. After checking the weather a million times, I set out everything I am going to wear the night before. I pack a small back pack for the items I'll need after the race and place it right next to my clothing. Race morning, all I need to do is roll out of bed, slide into my clothes, grab the backpack and head out the door.How easy is that?
- Map/directions to the start, including parking instructions
- t-shirt and shorts
- two pairs of worn and washed blister-proof socks
- running shoes
- watch/GPS device
- cap and/or sunglasses
- band aids
- any special food requirements
- music player
- clothing for after the race
- open-toed shoes or flip flops for after the race
- cell phone
The only other item I'd add is a flag to drape around your shoulders for when you take your victory lap.