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Hungry Runner Girl: Race Day Gear Checklist

With Boston only a week away, Janae made her race day checklist to ensure nothing is forgotten.

janae race day

Boston is just a week away. In the last couple of weeks, I have had three dreams where I forgot something important for the race. In one of the dreams. I brought two left foot running shoes and didn’t realize it until I was at the starting line, which made me just a tad bit stressed. I think my anxiety of not being prepared for the race is manifesting itself through my dreams. To help make sure that I get everything into my carry on suitcase before I take off, I created a checklist of my must-pack items for race day!

  • Running shoes— a brand new pair of my favorites with about 30 miles on them.
  • My Jaybird wireless headphones.
  • My Garmin 620.
  • A moisture-wicking sports bra
  • My jersey and shorts. No matter what the temperature is, I will be wearing shorts.
  • Arm sleeves
  • BodyGlide. I chafe a lot.
  • As many hair ties and bobby pins as possible. I hate having hair in my face while I run, so I make sure to pack plenty of these to avoid this problem.
  • A headband to double ensure that no hair touches my face while I run.
  • Three to four Gus— my fuel of choice for race day.
  • My waterproof Spibelt. This is a necessity to carry my phone, fuel and key during the race.
  • A tube of chapstick that also goes in my Spibelt. Chapped lips = torture in my opinion.
  • Sunscreen.
  • A trashbag or two to sit on the grass with while waiting for the race.
  • A killer playlist downloaded onto my iPod.
  • My Runner’s Passport that is needed to get my bib for the marathon.
  • My sunglasses. I cannot run in the sunlight without them.
  • Extra safety pins.
  • Throw away gloves. I’ll probably want them in the beginning and will toss them at some point along the course.
  • My favorite pair of Feetures running socks.
  • Clothes to wear before the race that I can toss.
  • ALL CHARGERS. My phone, headphones, iPod and GPS chargers are all ready to go in the suitcase. I kind of love electronics and need them to be fully charged on race day.
  • Compression socks, sweatpants, a sweatshirt, flip flops and a candy for the flight home right after the race. I’m going to look quite stylish in the airport.

Did I forget anything? What are some of your must-haves on race day?