Get Ready to Race: Everything you Need to Do in the Final 24 hours Before a Race

As any veteran runner will attest, lots can go wrong before a race. And believe us, a last-minute goof is the last thing you need after weeks or months of training. * The following guide will ensure that the nightmare scenario–missing clothes, no timing chip, stuck in traffic–will never happen to you, and that you’ll arrive on the starting line ready to roll. * Most of the advice applies to any race distance, but it’s especially important before a longer race such as a marathon, which requires more preparation.

The Day Before

get-ready-to-race-1Logistics: Double-check directions to the start on a street map, or print a map and directions from MAPQUEST.COM. Gas up the car. Read the entire entry form, which may contain crucial information about checking in, parking, or some other race detail that affects what time you need to arrive. Finally, pack your race bag (see “Race-Day Checklist,” page 55) after checking the weather forecast.

Do all this early enough on the day before your race. This way, you’ll have ample time to hunt down any missing information or items you’ll need on race morning. If you procrastinate too long, you’ll have to deal with the stress of preface preparations at the worst possible time–bedtime. [Read more…]