I love to travel for big races, like the WDW Marathon, and I’m always packing for the next trip. It’s easy to forget the little things that I need for each race. I can’t run without my headphones and I’d feel lost without them. My secret is keeping a bag always packed with my Race Day Essentials. By keeping it well-stocked, I can just grab it for any upcoming race. I like knowing everything I need is in one place without having to think twice. These are my must-have running products for race day that every runner should keep handy.
Race Day Essentials for Runners
Anti-Chafing Lotion or Stick
My feminine curves and running don’t always mix. By applying a generous layer of anti-chafing products, I’m preventing any unnecessary rubbing. Never forget it and always apply extra!
I can’t tell you how many runners forget to apply sunscreen. You’d think it would be a no-brainier, but sometimes you remember by the time it’s too late. I like a sport version that’ll stay put while I run. Don’t forget to apply during the Winter months too.
Visor or Hat
Sunglasses don’t always work for me and they fog up easily. If I keep a visor or hat on hand, I’ll always have it even if I forget to grab one when I leave the house. Squinting while running totally sucks. This is a must-own item for your race day essentials.
You may not want to wear a poncho while running due to overheating, but keeping one handy will help when it starts to rain prior to a race. It’s horrible to be stuck outside getting soaked before a race even begins. You can even use it to sit on too. I buy ponchos in bulk and replace them as needed in my bag.
Emergency Blankets and Hand Warmers
I love having these handy while waiting for a Winter race to start, and it’s another item that I buy in bulk. The emergency mylar blanket is a great layer that holds heat over your running clothes. You can toss it before the race or run a few miles with it since it’s lightweight. The hand warmers can be stuck in your pockets or gloves for a quick source of warmth.
Mini First-Aid Kit
A mini first aid kit will keep any essentials together for you. Look for one that has Acetametaphin, Ibprofen, band aids and antibiotic ointment. You may need it for little blister or for minor post-run pain prevention. Throw some Immodium in your bag too, just in case a run causes GI issues.
Something to Stay Alert
Long distance running require me to constantly stayed fueled over long periods of time. I love using Alert Caffeine Gum to keep me going. One piece of Alert is equal to half a cup of coffee. Plus, it’s totally portable and can easily be used mid-race without adding bulk. Alert can be purchased on Amazon or at Walmart.
Feminine Hygiene Products
You never know when you’ll need personal items. I’ve been to a race before and seen female runners ask medical stations for a tampon or pad, only to be turned away. Life happens while running, so be prepared.
Flashlight or Reflective Vest
If running in the early morning or nighttime hours is your thing, then you need to be prepared for cars to see you. It’s better to be safe than sorry and it’s an easy layer to add. I keep one of these flashlights in my running bag that has a whistle attached to the end. It’s an extra safety precaution to keep on hand in case I need it.
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