- Get plenty of rest. If you are like me, you will not sleep well the night before the race. Because of that, I went to bed early last night and I feel pretty good!
- Try not to be on your feet too much. After picking up your bib at the expo, find a place to sit down.
- Don't eat anything unusual today. It is so tempting when you are traveling to try foods you've never had before. Save that for after the race.
- Check the most up-to-date weather for tomorrow. By today, the forecast should be fairly accurate.
- Plan what you will wear and make sure it is ready. Is your favorite shirt clean? Do you have your socks selected? Will you take a "throwaway" shirt? If it is raining, will you take a garbage bag? (Remember, don't wear anything new and untested.)
- Put your race number on your shirt or racing belt. If you have a timing chip, put it on your shoe.
- Plan what you will eat in the morning. I eat a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread before every race. I will make the sandwich tonight.
- Do you carry gels or an MP3 player? Pack your Spibelt with your necessities.
- Finally, go to bed at a reasonable time.
At the same time, I sleep better in my own bed and I like being able to change my mind regarding clothes if necessary. (I took the totally wrong clothes to the Big Sur Marathon and I froze!)
Regardless, there is always a lot of excitement before a big race and the morning will go much smoother if you plan early.
Good luck to everyone doing a fall race!
(If I left anything out, please let me know!)