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 is an endurance athlete, a professional running coach & lifestyle coach, and the founder of House of Running. She helps people make running part of their healthy lifestyle through on-on-one coaching and fun group training programs. Read more about Laurie here.

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