6. Follow this check-list of essential items to prepare on the eve of a trail race day
When you're asked "how do you prepare before a trail race?”, you'll probably answer with details about your running program, and not necessarily think of the pre-race organization. Here's our check-list of essential items to prepare on the eve of race day:
▢ Your trail clothes (adapted according to the weather report) - Bra, short-sleeved T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, wind jacket, waterproof jacket, shorts, skort, or running leggings, socks, compression socks, trail running shoes, buff for your neck AND ears, cap, gloves, etc.
▢ Your trail running accessories (adapted according to the race profile) - Trail bag, trail poles, head torch, a pair of gaiters, etc. And of course, all the compulsory kit and the gear recommended by the race organization, such as a survival blanket, a whistle and even a mobile phone.
▢ Your supplies- Flexible flasks and/or water pouch to carry your drinks, gels and energy bars, compotes, dried fruit, etc. It's all up to you and your personal tastes!
▢ A small packet of hankies - Ok, so this is the shame box but you still have to check it if you want to save yourself hassle at the wrong moment.
▢ A massage cream/oil - A massage oil to relax (before and after the race) your hamstrings and other bulging muscles everybody's jealous of. And a cream to protect friction-sensitive areas.
▢ Safety pins - Bring enough to cover the needs of those who, unavoidably, forget them (for once, it's not you)!
▢ Find out what the weather forecast is - Well, obviously; how are you going to prepare the right gear if you don't know the weather forecast?
▢ Change of clothes and shower kit - So that you can be all fresh and clean to enjoy the finish line moments with your mates.
▢ Your motivation - But that goes without saying!