Preparing for an out of town race can be stressful. Not only do you have the anxiety of running the race, but you have to add in the out-of-town component on top of it.
I don’t want to forget anything important. So I have compiled a few helpful tips for preparing for an out-of-town race.
Step 1: Decorate Your Race Shirt (well in advance)
You can go to a fabric store and have a blast picking out puff paints, iron-on letters, and bedazzled jewels! Oh how I wish I owned a bedazzler!! 🙂
We spent a total of $5.00 on paints and jewels to “jazz” up our racing shirts.
But you need to plan ahead to give the shirt time to dry.
And don’t be afraid to get creative!
I am honoring some special people by adding their names to the back of my shirt.
Step 2: Make a List (& check it twice, three times…ect)
Make a list of everything that you could possibly need for the run & for the trip. Since I will be running throughout the week, I need to make sure I don’t forget something important like my shoes – as I can’t pack them up until right before I fly out.
Step 3: Visual packing station
Along with my check list, I am starting to put things into my suitcase as I remember them.
So when I run tomorrow, I will put my shoes back into my suitcase as a continued reminder that this is where they go until I leave.
This is going to help keep me organized throughout the week as I am packing for the trip.
Step 4: Carry-On Baggage
Pack lightly so you can carry your bag onto the plane -thus eliminating the possibility of a missing bag.
The peace of mind you will have knowing your bag will be in your hands when you get off the plane is priceless.
I’ve also heard the trick to wear your shoes & garmin onto the flight so you have no way of forgetting them!
Step 5: The things you didn’t think of…
I have heard of HORROR stories of the hotel ice makers running out of ice after these big marathons due to the large occupancy of racers in their facility.
It was suggested to me to bring/buy a cooler and pre-fill with ice to be waiting for me after the race. (I knew my family & Maria’s would be driving up to the race to spectate so arranged a cooler to be brought up for this very purpose)
I’m not sure of what else applies here, but don’t be afraid to ask a friend who may have done a particular race before. Knowledge is everything!
Step 6: Hydrate, Relax & Enjoy The Ride!
Don’t forget to keep drinking that H2O. It’s easy to forget when you are flying and traveling around.
Try not to stress out too much about anything and enjoy the experience.
I’m super excited about my trip to San Francisco, but am starting to get overwhelmed with all the little things (Team Dinners logistics, transportation…ect).
I keep telling myself that it will ALL BE OKAY!
I need to relax and take in the whole experience for what it is.
Now, I hope these tips were helpful. As a marathon & out of town race virgin, I can only speak of what I have been told.
Did I forget something? What are your tips for traveling to an out of town race?