In addition to resting lots (which I didn't do a great job of last night!), drinking lots of water and getting in my last few runs I'm also already starting to think about what I want to wear on race day. I know we're still 6 day away but I agonize over this before every big race so I'm trying to get the worrying out of the way early in the week.
However, what I wear for the race is highly dependent on the weather that day. Sadly, this is what the weather is like today:
Cold and wet. We were having a not-bad September and then in the last week things got pretty chilly and wet. I know the forecast is bound to change before then but as of today, this is what the weekend is supposed to be like:
Hmm, cloudy with showers. At least the temps look decent. I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer by pointing out the wet forecast but I do like to be prepared and if I'm going to run Surrey Marathon in the rain, I want to be dressed right!
This might sound silly but I also want to have an idea of the weather and what I'll be wearing so I can visualize it properly. In the days leading up to a big race I like to think about the run and imagine what it will look like and how I will feel. I don't want to be having visions of myself running around in a tank top and sunglasses if I'm actually going to be in rain gear. Ha ha. Running in cool temps and rain is fine by me but it's a different mindset and I like to be ready.
In fact, there are big advantages to it being cooler, possibly even wet on race day. A nice cool day would be pretty awesome since both of my marathons have been on super hot days and it really affected me. A bit of rain and clouds are great because as long as you're dressed appropriately, body temp and overheating is never an issue like it is on hot days. Even if I'm wet, I find it easier to stay comfortable on cool or wet days.
Anyhow, at this point I'm planning for a wet day on Sunday but with comfortable temperatures. Generally in rain I prefer to just let myself get wet instead of trying to bundle up and stay dry. Too much rain gear can just make you too hot! So, clothing-wise on Sunday that probably means:
- SmartWool socks (these things are awesome in wet weather!)
- Capri tights
- Hat (probably the most important, I can't stand rain on my glasses!)
- Gloves and possibly even a spare dry pair for late in the race
- Running vest (only if the forecast is for total downpour)
The other big consideration for a cool or wet day is start-line attire. I usually like to wear something to stay warm before the gun goes off but on a wet day this becomes even more important. If the race is going to be cool or wet there's no sense in starting out soaked therefore I'll probably bring the following:
- Warm throwaway sweatshirt
- If the morning temp is going to be cool enough, I'll consider old sweatpants too
- Garbage bag or old umbrella to stay dry
My only garbage bag advice is to try and find a black or clear one because Hefty orange just doesn't look that cool! Ha ha.
|Looking nerdy at Seattle Rock n Roll 2012|
How far ahead do you plan your race outfit? Do you know what you'll be wearing for Surrey?