Like a lot of women, it takes me awhile to decide what to wear before I leave the house. I’m not one of those people who plan out their outfits ahead of time — in fact, true to my procrastinating nature — there’s not a whole lot I do ahead of time.
But for race days, I can’t afford the luxury of putting off deciding what to wear until the morning of the run (unless I want to have a mini-nervous breakdown before I even approach the starting line). There are too many other things to think about the morning of a race — making sure you hydrate, putting your number on, talking yourself out of going back to bed and pulling the sheets over your head — to worry about what you’re going to wear.
Of course, you can’t plan perfectly — meteorologists do their darndest, but they always seem to be off by a little bit. The forecast could call for clear skies and 90 degrees, and you could wake up to rain and 60. At the very least, though, you can pick out a shirt (Dri-Fit is always a safe bet), shoes and socks.
My issue has always been deciding whether to run with gear. Specifically, one of those belts that have the little water packs on them. The couple of times I’ve run with one, I found it to be cumbersome. I’m not planning on using one for the PRR, but I’m a little freaked out about the humidity and the effect it will likely have on my thirst level. I know there are well-placed hydration tables on the race course, but if I get cottonmouth between stations, I might have to fight a child on the sidelines for his sippy cup.
Another thing I’m contemplating is whether to wear sunglasses. Again, I find them a little annoying on long runs, but if I wake up on PRR morning to a blazing sun, I might feel differently.
When you run, do you take a lot of “stuff” with you, or do you like to be as unencumbered as possible? Are there things you think make you a better runner that you wouldn’t do a race without?