For a packing list - write up a general list for rainy, cold, hot weather (All of them) . Print it off and place it in a page protector....use a overhead pen to mark it off....wipe it off when fully packed - ready for the next race.
1) Set alarm clock. 2) Go to bed early. 3) Toss and turn. 4) Fall asleep one hour before alarm is set to wake you.
Kidding aside, I disagree with the "rest as much as possible" the day before the race. C'mon, you're not a fragile doll. And that's asking for trouble falling asleep later. I like some walking or even an easy hike the day before. (Cross-training workout two days before; Easy run three days before.)
Great checklist, especially if it is a) your first and you don't know quite what to expect, or b) it is a BIG race (like any of the Rock'n'Roll series!).
I would add one thing to the finish line info: wait to mess with your Garmin, iPod, or other gadgets until you're past the photographers. Nothing like getting a great finish line picture that shows you fiddling with your gadgets, even if you don't think you'll buy it. I heard John Bingham speak last year at the Seattle RnR Expo and he mentioned that one!
Denise (Half Fanatic #1279) - PDT Time Zone
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - William Bagshot
A bunch of us are going to Portland this weekend for the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon. 2 girls have never done one before. My friend wrote this up for them and thought it was too good not to pass on.
Week before the race: * Print and sign confirmation sheet (need this to pickup packet at Expo) * No more working out after Wednesday this week. Give those feet some rest before the big day. * Increase the carbs 2-3 days prior to race day, but don't go over-board. * Go to Goodwill or Value Village to pick-up a sweater. This is great to wear in the morning of the race. Once you are warmed up, take it off and throw it aside. The race volunteers will pick it up and donate it. * Check all race wear. (No wardrobe malfunctions!) * Review the course map and break it down. I like to have a mental picture of the race - where the water stations will be, where the half-way point is, etc.. Helps to calm my nerves. * Drink water * Get lots of sleep through Friday night. (I rarely sleep well the night before a race, but I don't worry about it since I've already rested up the nights prior.)
Day before the race: * Try to rest as much as possible. No site-seeing and try not to walk around forever at the Expo. * Check number of safety pins in runner's packet. * If I buy anything at the Expo - don't use it on the race!! They have some pretty cool stuff at the Expo, but I gotta stick to my rule of "nothing new on race day". * Lay out race gear the night before. I try on everything and put on the bib, shoe tracker, etc... I'll be tired in the morning and I don't want to have to think or stress if something is missing.
Race day: * I'm taking my own breakfast with me (cereal, bananas). I've been eating the same thing before each long run and I don't know what will be open if I decide to eat at 5am. * Sunblock * ID if they offer free beer at the finish line * Plan on getting to the course 1 hour early * Go through the port-a-potty line at least twice * Remember to go out from the starting line **SLOW**!!! * Have fun! This day is a celebration of all those training days. Enjoy the race!
Finish Line: Once you cross the finish line, they will give you your medal (you've earned it!) and lead you to get your picture with your shiny metal. Don't skip the photo op! Then I take the space blanket and all of the food offered even if I'm not hungry, since I know I will be soon afterwards.
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