With my last long run coming up the weekend after Christmas, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the things I try to do to prepare for a long run the days leading up to it.
(And Kellie, if you’re thinking this post was written just for you, IT WAS!)
Haha, ok well I did joke to Kellie about giving her a “pre-long run checklist” before her last long run, but the more I thought about it, the more I figured, why not just write a post – I’m sure others could benefit from the list too! (And if you’re wondering why/ how Kellie inspired this post, you can stop by her blog and read her post that should have been titled, “What NOT to do before a long run, but still some how miraculously survive it”.)
So, I present to you – my long run prep checklist!
Ok, so that’s really just a rough draft, so let’s get into a little more detail shall we?
The Week Before
Many people will also focus on their nutrition and fueling the week leading up to a long run, but I admittedly am not one of these people. (I am seriously considering becoming one of these people though…)
The Day Before
Make sure you know what you’re wearing and lay it out so it’s ready to go! (Check the weather…then check it again!) One of my favorite tools to help me decide what to wear for a long run is the Runner’s World “What to Wear” feature, you put in all the conditions and it’ll give you the exact outfit they suggest you wear! (Find the Runner’s World “What to Wear” HERE!)
I also make sure all my running accessories are ready to go (and charged if they need to be!) – watch, iPod, hydration belt, body glide, tape, etc.
Now’s the time to also make sure all your fuel for the day is ready! You’ll need breakfast, fuel for the run, plenty of water and/or electrolyte beverage and post run recovery fuel.
Can you carry everything you’ll need on the run? If not, do you have a plan to replenish?? Last weekend Jason and I popped into our local Marathon Sports and refilled out water bottles there during our long run! Just in case, maybe throw $5 in your pocket so you can buy a bottle of water somewhere if necessary (that is if you pass any place that you can buy water on your run!).
Now get to bed early, you’ll need to be well rested to have a good run!
Day of the Long Run
Considering you took the time to prepare everything in the days leading up to your long run, the morning of should be pretty stress free, all you need to do is get out there and run!
What else would you add to a “Long Run Prep Checklist”?
What’s your 1 must have for a long run?
(I’d say my Garmin, but man do I hate being without chapstick!)