Marathon Race Day Essentials

Marathon Race Day Essentials

For me preparation is key to performing well on the day and leaving nothing to chance. Here’s my race day checklist that I use.

  • Make a list – check it and check it again.
  • Know where the race is and plan route (prior to race day, preferably).
  • Set alarm with plenty of time to get ready.
  • Check weather forcast.
  • Usual breakfast routine for me, which is: jumbo oats, blueberries and 1 scoop of pea protein powder. Don’t try anything new on race day.
  • If race starts at 11am, aim to eat breakfast 2-3hrs before.
  • Running shoes and any kit needed.
  • Running belt /bum bag for your fuel (gels, snacks etc).
  • Fueling (don’t try anything new on race day that you haven’t practiced with in training).
  • Toilet paper.
  • If weather is hot then take hat, sun glasses, sun cream, extra water.
  • If weather is cold then take gloves, thermal layers, hat, running tights.
  • Safety pins, number, chip timer.
  • GPS watch.
  • If it’s a cold day wear clothes to keep you warm before the race starts that you don’t mind throwing away.
  • Warm clothes for when you have finished.
  • Some food for when you finish (not junk food). Something like a Cliff bar or home made muesli bar.
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