I’m running in my first 5k on Saturday. Now I’ve run in other 5k races, but this one is special. My goal is to run the entire race, something I haven’t done yet. I fly back home Thursday, yet I don’t feel anxious at all. In fact, I’m pretty relaxed about the race.
Well to keep this moment of zen going, I decided to take some time today to create a checklist of what I need to do the day before the race. I’m keeping it simple.
Dot’s Pre-5K Race Checklist
- Pick up Race Bib & Packet – Friday morning I plan to head over to the race HQ and pick up my shirt, bib and race instructions. When I entered my first 5k two years ago, I picked up my packet the morning of the race. Bad move! It was an hour of waiting followed by 5 minutes of pure chaos as race staff tried to find my name. To make the morning perfect, I had to high tail it over to the starting line so as not to miss the start. Yikes! Never again.
- Food & Water – Nothing special here. I plan to eat my normal low carb fare and drink my 90 ounces of water.
- Relax – Friday is shaping up to be a beautiful day so chilling out on the deck with the dogs and the hubby’s Kindle seems like a great way to unwind from my trip.
- No Running! – Knowing me, I’ll overdue it and wear my legs out. However I plan to take the dogs on a long stroll.
- Set Out Gear – Rather than scrambling around my house the morning of race day, I plan to set out everything I need — clothes, shoes, bib, packet, sunblock, lip balm, water bottle, iPhone, ear buds, belt, ID, towel, sunglasses, hat, and post race snack — the day before the race. No need to stress out before I leave my house.
- Charge All Devices – I’ll need a fully charged iPhone and Fitbit (if I can get a new one by race day). I haven’t decided if I’ll run with my music or not, but I’m thinking the music will help calm me down.
- Check the Weather – The day before the race looks great. But race day looks amazing. Hopefully the weather holds. Since the race starts at 7:30 a.m., I need to know if I need to dress in layers or for morning showers.
- Race Directions – Nothing will stress you out more come race morning than not knowing the race location. I plan on logging the address into my iPhone’s GPS and printing out directions via Google Maps.
- Check Race Website – Sure I’ll have into in the packet, but the minute I pick it up it’s out-of-date. So a few hours before bed, I’ll double check the race start time, parking info and any last minute updates.
- Get My 8 Hours of Sleep – Best way to ensure my legs and mind are fresh for the race is to get my beauty sleep.
If I follow my check list, I’m expecting a pretty smooth morning. I just need to stay relaxed, focused and not let any bumps in the road distract me from my goal…or having fun.