Preparation is everything, also when it comes to running gear. It might be the deciding factor in whether you reach the finish line and your goal time or not. To help you make the most of your next race, we’ve prepared a running gear checklist for you. Go through it and make your next running race a success.
When it comes to your running gear, there’s one vital rule you should always keep in mind: NEVER run with shoes, clothes, accessories, drinks, snacks, etc. you haven’t tried before – multiple times. There’s nothing worse than new running shoes that hurt, recently bought socks that lead to blisters or a smartwatch without a battery.
Therefore, try your running gear beforehand & make sure everything works for you!
Running gear checklist:
Wear running clothes you feel comfortable in, with which you’ve run longer distances and are sure don’t cause inner-thigh chafing or nipple chafing. Here are some key pieces of running clothes you should have in your running gear bag:
- Running shorts
- Running tights
- Sports bra
- Running top
- Running base layer
- Running jacket
- Running hoody/mid-layer
- Running shoes
- Running socks that suit you. Some runners prefer compression socks. Find out which are comfortable and keep your feet dry and blister-free.
- Shirt/sweater/jacket plus a spare pair of socks to change into after your race. You don’t want to catch a cold in your wet clothes.
- adidas Running app on your phone (or compatible smartwatch) to track your performance. Make sure your battery is charged!
- Running clothes for any weather condition
It’s all about layering – It’s much better to wear extra layers that you can just take off rather than freezing during your race. Figure out your optimal layering pattern in training. Some people “run hot” while others “run cold.” Also, keep in mind that you will likely run harder during racing; therefore, wear fewer layers to avoid overheating.
Here’s a good rule of thumb for figuring out if you have your layering right. If you feel just slightly cold when you step out of the door, you should be fine during your event since you will heat up as you run.
Also, consider the weather during the period of your event and where your event goes. For example, if you are running a trail run over a mountain (or several mountains), it could be much cooler at the top than in the valley. Additionally, the descents can also feel cold. In this case, consider bringing a lightweight running jacket you can put on and take off as needed.
- you can use as mittens and just throw away during the race as soon as your fingers warm up.
Most body warmth is lost through the head, therefore it’s vital to bring a hat or beanie when it’s raining or cold.
- (you can make one out of a big plastic garbage bag) to stay warm before the race, then stash it in your bag for after the race.
- ahead of time when running in warm or sunny areas.
- to protect your eyes.
- to protect your head against the sun. This is especially important when running around midday.
- If it gets really warm and you’re used to running with a belt including drinks to stay hydrated, bring it to the race, too.
- Some runners prefer a drinking backpack to stay hydrated during the run instead of sipping drinks offered at the drink stations.
Fitness earphones that perfectly fit your ears & don’t threaten to pop out all the time. Draw motivation from music. Make a playlist for your race, but don’t line up all your favorite songs at the beginning. Mix them up and make sure you’ll get a motivational boost when you’re starting to feel tired.
Power snacks or power gels, as well as sports drinks, which you’ve successfully tried during training (no stomach aches) and which provide you with fresh energy.
Headlamp in case your run starts early in the morning or at night — when it’s dark out.
Safety clips and reflector strips on your clothes for better visibility at any time of the day.
Smartphone to track your run & listen to your favorite beats.
MP3 player in case you don’t use your phone.
Sports armband for your smartphone or MP3 player that also accommodates your keys.
Shoelaces that stay secure and aren’t easily loosened – or free laces.
Band-aids to protect your nipples against the friction of your shirt. Plus, blistering plaster might come in handy after the race. The right sports bra should provide enough protection for women.
Vaseline to rub on your thighs, armpits and butt cheeks to avoid friction.
Two tissues. One in case your nose starts running (too); another one for if you have to use the restrooms – they tend to run out of toilet paper pretty quickly.
If you’ve got long hair, bring an elastic. You’ll be so glad you did if you lose or break yours. Nobody wants to run with their (long) hair down.
Post-Race Running Gear
Change of comfy clothes
Wet wipes or dry shower spray/gel
Massage gun or foam roller
Compression tights or socks
Go through your checklist in advance before your big day. This way, you don’t have to worry about those things anymore and can focus on mentally preparing yourself and your body.
With the right running gear, racing is twice the fun.