Friday Five-Race Day Surprises

Looks like I am making two posts in one day! (Or should I have just wait until Friday at midnight? Hmmm….whatever).

Thanks Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for putting together this Friday Five. And here I go!

Five Race Day Surprises

  1. Weather – Always prepare for the worse but hope for the best. When I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in March, it was cold and wet. Like REALLY cold and wet. I bought a cheap raincoat the night before and wished I had spent more money on a better quality raincoat for the race. Although I am not sure if a more expensive raincoat would have kept me from getting soaked…
  2. Test out gadgets-I can’t even think about the number of times that I thought my Garmin watch was charged before going out for a run and it wasn’t so I couldn’t use it to track my mileage. On the other hand I have other apps on my phone that still allow me to track my runs but I prefer my watch (that now has a broken wristband 🙁 ).
  3. Race location-I’ve definitely run (hahah nice pun) into the problem of not knowing where the start/finish line is. I’ve ended up having to walk/jog/pray that if I just followed this group in the running shorts and sneakers that I would make it to start location. Usually it works but its not something I would recommend!
  4. Bring a snack-I guess this one would really depend on how long your run was and when you last ate but I have made the mistake of not bring food on longer runs and regretted it. Dizziness and nausea are definitely not good.
  5. Having fun (I guess this isn’t really a surprise since it seems to happen every time I run but I’m going with it)- Whenever I start a race, I am a ball of nerves and I think of all these worse case scenarios. After I start running, I shake off the nerves and bad energy and I start having fun. That and the accomplishments that I feel after a good run/race make it all worth it.

What has been your best race day surprise?


  1. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading says:

    Oh, my gosh; it’s the most anxious/scary feeling when I’m not sure where the start line is – GAH! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has experienced this – ha! 😉 It’s tough when you have to RACE to the start line, right? Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Bri says:

      It is such a nerve-racking feeling! Like you know how you prepare for a run by setting your clothes out the night before, setting your alarm, eating a meal etc. And you aren’t able to find the start/finish? It throws everything off balance. Hope you have a wonderful weekend too! 🙂

  2. Amy Lauren says:

    I found your blog through the Friday Five Linkup.

    #2 is the worst but sometimes it just happens! I had my ipod die at Mile 1 of a race. It wouldn’t be bad if it were a short race or a race where there were spectators, but it was a 10K that I ran followed by a 5K 30 minutes later (yeah, a weird double dip challenge). It was hard doing that without music. Also gotta make sure you have signal on the Garmin before the start!

    • Bri says:

      A similar thing happened to one of my best friends during our half marathon in March. Her iPhone had enough of the bad weather and shut off on mile 4 or 5 of the race.I’m debating just getting an all new Garmin all together. I currently have the Garmin Forerunner 10. Do you recommend any others?

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