Several of us at Try Hard are runners and we love to race. Naturally, we keep signing up for more races. If you are reading this, you’re probably the same way or you are hoping to get to this point. So luckily we can all get excited, because race season is here!
Just in case you were wondering, this post isn’t another training plan for an upcoming race. But if that’s what you are looking for check this out, we would love to help you draft an individual plan. Anyways, this is a simple recommendation that I had to learn the hard way. Think about this, you work hard to get fit so that you can have a great experience. But instead, you wake up, you can’t find your missing running shoe, you don’t have a clean pair of shorts, your hydration system is missing or broken, etc. etc. So rather than focusing on running, you’re stressed and unprepared. A lot of this can be avoided and it’s really simple: pick out your gear the night before the race.
When I was young my mother always made me get my clothes out at night in preparation for the next day. I hated this routine, but my mom knew early on that I wasn’t what some call a morning person, and that I more so resembled a zombie dragging through the house. Getting my clothes out helped me become faster and more efficient in the morning because it was one less thing I had to accomplish to be ready for the day.
There are enough stressors the morning of your race, plus you typically have to wake up at ungodly hours to get there on time. Again, we can be zombies in the early morning. Try making things easier by treating race day like the first day of school to keep your morning calm and stress free. This means getting everything necessary for the race from head to toe: hat, shirt, shorts, underwear, socks, shoes, and any any other gear you may need. Sometimes the most simple changes to your routine can have the biggest impact on your race. All of the racers here in Try Hard know it’s not a groundbreaking idea to get your clothes out the night before an event, but we also know how much of a help it can be. Try this out before your next race and have fun out there!