Half or Full Marathon Pre-Race Checklist

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Races & Racing | 2 comments

Fallen Runner

Be Prepared!!

I’ve seen countless runners show up to the starting corral without the right socks, a dead iPod and even some without their bib or timing chip all together! Facebook rings of posts like “I didn’t sleep well last night” and “running late sitting in traffic” Don’t let this be you . . .

Be prepared, rest well and remain as stress-free as possible on race morning!

Over the years of both participating in and coaching hundreds and hundreds of runners for long distance running events, I’ve developed and refined a handy “Pre-Race Check List” that is very helpful in getting you ready for the race – not only in the days leading up to race weekend, but most importantly, the hours leading up to bed time! And that is an important note . . . have EVERYTHING done and ready before you go do bed. The only thing you should be doing on race morning is waking up, showering (a trait of mine) eating and drinking your coffee en’route.

Download the Pre-Race Checklist

Do you have other items or ideas that would be helpful? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

2 Responses to “Half or Full Marathon Pre-Race Checklist”

  1. For the small bag that you bring, if you have one that is a different color then what they provide, bring it. it will make it much easier to identify at the end of the race.

  2. That’s a good idea, Aaron. I’ll amend the checklist to note that. Turns out that for the Carlsbad Half this past weekend, I used my gear back from RnR cuz it had my name/tag on it already. Had to cross out my RnR bib number, but worked great. It was the “big black one” as i saw it on the table and yelled it to the kid picking them out ;)

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