After a blustery run in Toronto this morning, I’m flying to Washington DC for the North Face Endurance Challenge Series (50k) so I thought I’d be a perfect time to talk about what I do to get race ready.
The first thing I usually do is lay out all my running clothes to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything. This race is tricky because the weather has been fluctuating. Currently, it’s predicted to be 6C with rain AND snow. Last year when I ran this race it was 25C and sunny so I think it’ll be a much different race this year. Thankfully, I’ve spend a lot of time running in weather similar to this or colder in the last few months!
I am flying down today (Thursday) and the race is on Saturday so there’s enough time for the weather to change. I am planning on running in tights but I’m bringing shorts just in case. I’m packing a lot of just in case clothes because I’m not completely sure what the weather will be like.
Here’s what I’m bringing:
- Running jacket (shell)
- Long sleeve
- Running sweater
- Merino Wool Buff
- Insulated hat
- Running hat
- Running tights
- Compression socks
- Winter running socks
- Trail shoes
- Road shoes
Quite honestly, it’s a lot of stuff! If the weather was going to be more predictable then I would have a lot easier time. I would rather have too much stuff with me than be missing something that I really need because the weather changes. I expect to bring home a bunch of clean unworn running clothes.
In terms of nutrition, I’m waiting to go over a specific plan with my coach but this is what I’m packing:
- Ultimate Direction Hydration Pack
- Hammer Espresso Gel (in a gel flask)
- Clif Vanilla Gel (in individual packets)
- Nuun All Day
- SaltStick Tabs
- Honey Stinger Bar
Nutrition is a little easier than clothes because if I’ve missed anything then I can buy there and it’s probably less expensive to buy in the U.S. anyway.
I’m following the nothing new on race day rule. All the clothes, I’m bringing I’ve run in a lot and all the nutrition I’ve previously used (including in my 50 miler).
It was a hard decision between doing the 50k or 50 mile race. My coach and I decided that 50k was a better option because I don’t want to irritate my knee enough that I have to stop training again. I have to keep in mind that this a training run and the goal race is Sulphur Springs 100 in 6 weeks.
I talked my mom and Callum to coming to DC with me and a family friend is meeting us there so I’ve assembled quite a support crew!
Do you have a routine for packing for races? Are you racing this weekend?