Heading into a race most people take the time to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the upcoming challenge, but their planning is lacking in detail. To help minimize stress and encourage success on race day here are some important items to consider.
What to Wear
• Most obstacle course races feature mud, water, and off-road conditions. You might want to choose clothing, shoes, and gear that you wouldn’t mind discarding after the race.
• Choose comfortable athletic clothing and fabrics that wick moisture and dry quickly. Consider compression shorts, tops, and/or socks.
• Race in something you have trained in. Do not try a new pair of shoes or compression shorts on the day of the race.
• Opt for trail running or off-road shoes.
• Consider athletic or weight lifting gloves to help with grip and protect your hands.
What to Bring
• Hydration pack.
• Knee, elbow, or leg protection, pads, or compression sleeves.
• Athletic or medical tape.
• Watch and/or heart rate monitor.
• Bring a change of clothes, towel, and toiletries to be warm and dry for the post race party.
• Have some extra cash on hand for food and merchandise.
• Enjoy the race and post-race activities.