One of the exciting, and somewhat nerve-wracking, tasks of racing is figuring out what you want to wear on race day! We have all heard the old adage, don’t wear anything new on race day. For the most part, I agree with this statement. You really don’t want to find out 5 miles into a half marathon that the shorts you are wearing are giving you a serious wedgie! 😉
When it comes to a race, I always choose an outfit that has been tested multiple times during a training run. I don’t want any surprises! Here are some tips for picking the right race outfit:
- Test your outfit on a normal training run AT LEAST once. If you are racing a half marathon or longer, test it out on a long run.
- Dress for weather that is at least 20 degrees warmer than the temp at the start of the race– that’s how you will feel after you are warmed up.
- Opt for items that don’t have tags or any other pieces that could cause chafing or cause annoying noises while you are racing.
- Pack BodyGlide in your race bag and apply it on any areas that might chafe–you can thank me later! 🙂
- Opt for performance fabrics that will wick moisture away from your skin. Cotton will get wet as you sweat–this can leave you feeling chilly and damp during cooler temps.
- Don’t forget a visor, hat, and/or sunglasses for bright sun. You will save your face from a sun burn and prevent your eyes from squinting in the sun (thereby causing a headache or tension).
What’s your favorite race outfit?
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