Yes, it might be thought of as old school, but preparation is key for a
safe and stress free start. Whether you are heading out to the trails
for a hike, or toeing the start line for your next race, being prepared
puts you in shape for a good place in fitness.
For me, the gun goes off in less than twenty four hours and I am
performing my pre-race packing ritual. Salida Run Through Time
marathon is a challenging course with narrow, hilly, single track and
jeep trails with about 4800 feet of climbing. I am told the course has
seen some sunlight the last three days, but snow and mud are still
prevalent course conditions.
Keeping the course and conditions in mind, with a forecast of thirties
and forties during prime race time, I am packing running shorts and two
long sleeve shirts, one light and one heavy. I am a firm believer in leg compression sleeves both on the course and during recovery. I am turning to my Nike Lunar Eclipse shoes for this race as these will perform best if I need to put Yaktrax on for traction, or if I need to quickly shed mud. A pair of Injinji lightweight run toe socks with a
second pair of Smartwool socks is race plan. Even before the socks go on, kinesiology tape will be applied for support and help with ankle rolls (that never happens). And, of course, a rock shedding, heel saving pair of Running Funky gaiters will be in place to keep debris out of the shoes!
Light gloves, 70 oz Camelbak, Gu and Clif Bloks, New Skin chafing spray, tube with ibuprofen, salt tablets, and Rolaids, shades, warm head cap and signature Marathon and Beyond hat with neck flap all are on the list.
There is no perfect list for getting prepared for your outings or events. Find your ritual and continue to rebalance it to your fitness adventure needs.
Again, being prepared for a hike, casual run or race can help keep you safe and smiling in fitness.