The Birmingham 10k is my first race of the year (I was meant to run the Stafford Half but I fell ill so couldn’t). I have done quite a few of these races now so I know what bit and pieces I need to take with me. Here is what I took with me on a race day:
Bottle of water
I don’t run with it but I make sure I am regularly drinking water up until I start. This is to prevent me from being dehydrated. I always drink all the water at the hydration stations as well, even if I am not thirsty to help keep me hydrated. I was dehydrated after I ran the Manchester 10k last year and I had a banging headache and felt rubbish for the rest of the day afterwards. I learnt my lesson.
Shorts and vest top
In races and in general I tend to run in shorts most of the time because I would be boiling hot if I ran in joggers. I prefer vest tops rather than a normal shirts however as I am running on behalf of #teamuob I will be wearing the blue top we have all been given. I always make sure they are microfibre so it can take the sweat away.
If I don’t wear this after long runs my legs get sore, anti-chafing cream really does work!
Safety pins always get forgotten about until the last minute and then you can never get them anywhere.
My running belt holds my phone, that is literally what I use it for!
Garmin watch and phone
My Garmin watch (forerunner 325) I absolutely love, I use to track my progress and record on Strava. I used to use my phone to record my route on Strava but it drains the battery.
I make sure I have a cereal bar ready so I don’t feel hungry before I run and I don’t eat it all if I don’t need too. For some reason my body just feels better having satisfied the hunger cravings with a couple of bites.
I use these when I go running, I probably wouldn’t use it for a 10k but I do take it with me just in case I feel I need the boost.
Joggers and jacket
After the race I like to wrap up warm with the joggers and a light jacket.
You do usually get a free protein drink when you finish, I just take mine with me just incase.
My hair band has snapped in a dualathlon before and it is annoying having your hair everywhere, so I always take a spare.
I am going to have sore legs anyway so I don’t want to be sunburnt as well!
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