Tip #23: What to Wear on Race Day

As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’ll be sharing “26 Tips for 26.2 Miles” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. 

If you don’t already have your race day outfit planned, this tip is for you! Tricia Haff, Second Sole’s fashionista, apparel buyer, footwear specialist and experienced marathoner, provides some insight on what you should be sporting on the course. This tip isn’t just about looking good because your wardrobe should be the last thing affecting your performance!

Tip 23 - what to wear

With two days to go until race day, I am sure the butterflies are starting to build. Thoughts of doubt and anxiety are starting to slowly creep in and you’re officially in race day preparation mode. While your mind may be full of these types of thoughts, one thing that we here at Second Sole want to ensure is that you don’t need to fear not being properly prepared with clothing, shoes, nutrition and the other necessary running accessories—we’ve got you covered!

When it comes to race day, make sure you dress in layers. With that being said, make sure they are layers that are easily removable and disposable. Race day morning is going to be chilly, but once that gun goes off, your adrenaline is going to be pumping and you’re going to heat up quickly. We highly recommend covering up in old pieces that you are willing to part with (note: Goodwill Columbus will be selling used clothing at their booth at the Expo – so be sure to support this wonderful non-profit and get yourself some clothes you won’t mind discarding on Race morning). For easy removal, consider oversized items and cutting a slit at the neck line. Likewise, consider investing in a cheap pair of “throw away” gloves; your hands and winter wardrobe will thank you! This will allow for you to stay warm at the starting line, but also allow for easy removal and guilt free disposal once out on the course.

Next, let’s cover footwear. I hope by now everyone has their shoes that they are going to be racing in. However, I am sure there are a few athletes out there waiting so that they have a fresh pair of race day shoes. Let just say, save yourself the extra stress and wear the shoes you’ve been running in! No new shoes on race day! While it may be the same shoe you have run in for years now, manufactures do mess up every now and then and defects do exist. Don’t play the odds and run in a new pair of shoes.

Now that you’ve got your layers figured out and new shoes ready, lastly make sure that you have all of the nutritional products that you will need and your race day outfit is ready to go. Now is not the time to try out new nutritional products or a new outfit—use what you have had success with throughout training. Twenty six point two miles is a long way to go when you’ve got nutritional products upsetting your stomach or that new pair of really awesome shorts is starting to feel not-so- awesome.

Finally, if you get to the starting line and realize that you forgot something, do not panic! Come visit us at the Second Sole Race Day store that will be located next to the starting line. We will be stocked with last-minute gloves, energy gels, body glide, hats, socks and anything else essential that you may have forgotten. This is your race day that you have spent many long months, hours and miles preparing for — go out and enjoy it! You’ve worked hard and we here at Second Sole want to wish each and every one of you the best of luck and want you to know that we will be there for your last minute needs, motivation and support!


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