Ever wonder what you really need to cover 13.1 miles?
The new gizmos, running gadgets, shoes, shirts and such that pop up monthly in magazines make it easy to over invest…though my list is now longer than when I first started running it’s all important.
Next weekend is my first goal race in awhile, so I thought I’d share with you the list that helps save my sanity. In the week leading up to the race, taper brain can take over giving you too much time to think and yet not really getting any specific planning completed!
This list will break down everything from your race morning needs, to post race sanity and all the miles in between. Use it to make sure nothing is forgotten and you’re on your way to a better race!
What to Bring to a Half Marathon
After 17 years of racing, I can tell you that it’s always worth having a little more than you need. My world race packing list is roughly the same whether I’m doing the Jerusalem Half Marathon or the Phoenix Half Marathon!
Make sure you go through your checklist ahead of time and get everything packed before so your morning runs smoothly!
Go over the race details beforehand so you know exactly where to be and when.
- Directions to the start line
- Meet up location at finish
- 4 safety pins
- Bib and timing chip
- Gear check bag
- Gear check locations
Don’t forget those travel extras.
It’s easy to forget the little things that on your half marathon list that are still super important to a great day.
- Night before meal plan
- Race morning breakfast
- Bottled water
- Ear plugs
Pack that post-race bag!
What is everything you’ll need when you’re done with the race?
- Flip flops/extra shoes
- Dry clothes
- Wet wipes
Do you have all the basics?
The list of the essentials you need to (quite literally!) make it through the race. Anything linked below will take you a to a page outlining my top running gear selections and who they work for!
- Running shoes
- Short sleeve shirt
- Shorts/capri pants
- Wicking socks
- Anti-chaffe gel
- Sports bra
- Road ID
- Fuel (gels, electrolytes, etc)
Are there extra things you need to make sure your running your best race?
Over the years I’ve found that while David might LOVE wearing my FlipBelt for me it rides up around my waist and just doesn’t make for my happiest day. Instead, there are other things which become key for me like having my wireless headphones!
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Check the weather!
And plan accordingly. It could be below-freezing or even raining when you start the race, and the sun may be shining by the end of it so make sure you have everything you need.
- Light weight rain jacket or running jacket for other conditions.
- Long sleeve shirt (that you don’t mind throwing away)
- Throw away gloves (an old pair of socks is great to use)
- Rain poncho/trash bag
- Hat or visor (the last thing you want to worry about is the sun or rain in your eyes!)
- Shoe cleats for snow
What about when it’s time to recover?
You just ran a half marathon, congratulations! Now, it’s time to take care of yourself.
- Foam roller
- Epsom salt
- Compression tights
- Scheduled massage (you deserve it!)
- Celebratory time with family and friends (you also deserve this!)
- Electrolyte drink (I like this little travel packet!)
An extra shirt in your bag to wear to the start is preferable to waking up and finding it’s 30degrees and you have nothing…then you do things like pick up gloves other people discard (yes this occurred during the Las Vegas marathon!)
And the time spent looking at the details of the race and planning your post race meet up will help to alleviate a ton of unnecessary stress!
Be prepared. Relax. Enjoy the day.
Handling Last Minute Race Nerves
If you’re to the point of looking for your packing checklist, then you’ve done the bulk of your half marathon training work. Now there are few key things to help ensure you have your best race ever.
Each of the links below is a full post with info to help you finish this race out exactly the way you want!
Taper the Right Way
Don’t try to cram in any last minute miles, follow your taper so that you’re feeling fresh by race morning.
Race Day Etiquette
Not only do you want to have a great race, but you want to make sure everyone around you is enjoying it too. Find out some of the common issues that throw people off and avoid them!
Manage Race Day Nerves
Put all that nervous pre-race energy to work and harness it for a great day with these tips.
Race Day Mistakes
What you need to know about that pre-race pasta dinner and throw away clothes to keep your race day on track.
Once you’ve nailed this race and you’re ready for a brand new goal, checkout the Sub Two Hour Half Marathon Training Plan!
What do you think of races with lots of hair pin turns?
Anything missing from the race checklist that you would add?
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