The New York City Marathon is only three days away, and it’s no secret that I am incredibly excited for race day. We are flying to New York tomorrow morning, so today is dedicated to packing and preparing for the weekend. Packing is always slightly overwhelming as I attempt to think through all the weekend activities and what I may possibly need, so I always make myself a checklist for race morning to make sure I don’t overlook the most important day.
After nearly five months of training, it would feel terrible to be standing at the start and realize I’ve forgotten something important. I make checklists for everything (I love them a ridiculous amount), and this is one of the circumstances where that comes in handy.
In preparation for race day on Sunday, I have spent time thinking through all of my past races and the things I used to be successful. Some of these items won’t be coming with me to New York (I plan to run without music), but I like to have a generic checklist that I can glance through to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything.
Race Day Packing Checklist
- Clear bag from expo for bag check or to carry things before the start
- Running shoes
- Compression socks
- Shirt (+ jacket)
- Running pouch/fanny pack
- Fuel for the race
- Charged cell phone
- Throwaway clothes –> sweatpants and a sweatshirt
- Hand and toe warmers
- Bagel & banana (or other breakfast food)
- Mittens or light running gloves
- Bib + safety pins
- Anti-chafing stick
- Charged running watch
- Running water bottle
- Cash and ID for the finish
With this checklist, I know that I will not forget anything important in the morning when I am waking up three hours earlier than usual and frantically trying to gather my things. While some of these items may seem a little obvious (i. e., running shoes), you’ll be surprised what your brain may forget when you are feeling anxious. Lists are one of my favorite tools, and I will definitely be using this one today as I pack!