Welcome to the second installment of Monday Must-haves. This week I will be sharing my must have race gear. When I told hubby about my list, he was quick to point out that I missed some necessities; legs, shoes, shorts, socks and a shirt. Yeah, well, I meant besides those must-haves.
You will often hear me talk about how I gave up caffeine this year, but this does not apply to race day. I wake up in the morning, drink a cup of coffee, or five (don't judge), and get on my way. Since I normally don't drink caffeine, this really gives me an extra boost of energy. I call it my performance enhancing drug.
2. GPS WATCH:
I am slightly obsessive compulsive in running, so it is necessary for me to know exactly where I am on the course, my pace, my time, and how many miles left to go at any given second. I ran the Color Me Rad 5K last week-end without my GPS, and even at only 3.1 miles, it drove me slightly crazy not to have it.
|Nike + GPS watch|
3. COMPRESSION SLEEVES:
I love my compression sleeves, I usually only wear them when I race. Maybe it is just a superstition, but I swear I always run faster when they are tightly wrapped around my legs. Or maybe it is the race adrenaline and caffeine. All I have to say is that I ran the Color me Rad 5k without them and I didn't PR. Coincidence? I think not. Plus they look super stylish. What?
I hardly ever run training runs with music, except long runs at least 2 hours. I love to have music for races to give me that extra bump in pace. I created a rock-n-roll running playlist full of my favorite fast songs made especially for races. There is this awesome site called JOG FM that gives you the songs that have the correct beats per minute for the pace you want to run. Fast music = fast running = possible PR.
|silly photo credit goes to the hubz: Russ Genders|
5. SPI BELT
I have no idea how anyone runs a race without one of these beauties. What do people do? Put their keys in their pocket? Tuck their ID in their sock? Stuff 5 hour energy bottles and cell phones down their bra? No, Thank you. Before you start to think fanny pack, let me assure you that it is so small and lightweight that I hardly even remember it is buckled around my waist.
So tell me, what are your race must-haves?
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