A big race can be more than just an exercise in athletic endurance—for many, it’s often an unforgettable travel experience as well. Make the most of your trip, and your run, with these foolproof tips.
You might be tempted to stow your running sneakers and attire away in your checked luggage to save space in your carry-on, but think twice. Odds are that your luggage will make it to your destination with no problems; But, you’re always better safe than sorry. Making room in your carry-on for your race day outfit will ensure that you’re good to go, even in the face of a potential suitcase snafu.
It can be difficult (and time-consuming) to stock up on your favorite foods when you’re in an unfamiliar place. Why not save yourself the undue stress by transporting some of your tried-and-true treats with you? Fruit, granola bars, and bags of trail mix won’t take up much room in your bag, and they can be a lifesaver if you get stuck at the airport, on the plane, or en route to your accommodations.
Plan Your Transportation and Dining in Advance
Absolutely, positively need pasta the night before your race? Have to be at the starting line at 7am sharp? Don’t take any chances by waiting until you get into town to arrange all of the important details and logistics, including restaurant reservations and ground travel. This is especially important if it’s a major event (like, say, the Boston or New York City Marathon), since your fellow runners will probably be vying for the same restaurants and buses/trains as you!
Stick to Your Everyday Routine (As Much as Possible)
There’s no avoiding it: travel always wreaks a bit of havoc on your day-to-day. However, attempting to follow your typical schedule, even when far away from home, can go a long way to keep you in physically and mentally good shape for a long-distance run. This includes eating, sleep, and exercise habits; it’s important that you’re “on your game” for the race, and keeping things consistent is one great way to ensure that.