Running half marathon

Don’t get stressed race-day morning because you can’t find your shoes or race-bib, or because you left an essential item at home.  Coach Lorna suggests making a list to get yourself organized the days before and to keep your race-day stress-free.    Below are her recommended items to add to your list to get you ready for race day.

I recommend you make a list of what you need for race day.    Be sure to lay everything out the night before.

Lorna’s suggested list:

To wear

  • Shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Underpants
  • Sports bra
  • Running socks
  • Bin liner or old t-shirt to wear at the start
  • Trainers (tied with a double knot)
  • Nipple plasters
  • Race number (for the Amsterdam marathon the timing chip is attached)
  • Safety pins/race belt
  • Tissue
  • Gels, etc
  • Hydration belt/belt for gels (I personally have elastic loops sewn into my shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Watch/mp3 player/phone
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Your name to stick onto t-shirt – if you want to encourage some extra cheers
  • Hear tie/band

In bag

Make sure there is nothing valuable in there.

  • Clothes for before and after marathon include a dry t-shirt
  • Shoes – if it looks like rain you might like to change into dry shoes, if you are prone to blisters flip-flops – might be nice to wear after the run
  • Sunscreen (you never know)
  • Gloves
  • Vaseline or anti chaffing gel
  • Blister plasters
  • Toilet roll, wet wipes
  • Mobile phone (I normally put my sim card in an old phone)
  • Rain coat
  • Water, recovery drinks and post marathon snacks
  • Small towel
  • A little bit of money/travel pass for getting home
  • Race instructions

Wishing you all an organized and stress-free race day!

More suggestions to get ready for race day.

Laurie Villarreal

Laurie’s an accomplished endurance athlete and has been running since 1998. She’s the founder of House of Running and a professional Running Coach, a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Laurie’s trained and worked with nearly 1000 runners since 2010. She’s a master in her field with over 10,000 hours of run coaching experience. Laurie helps ambitious professionals make running part of their healthy lifestyle through on-on-one online coaching and fun group training programs. She has a unique holistic approach to running, helping her runners think beyond running to realize their running dreams. Read more about Laurie here.

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