Tips for Traveling to a Race

I’m very excited to share some tips, written by my sister, Kristen, for traveling for a race!

Kristen is on a quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states and so far, she’s run in 11 states, and will be adding her 12th state this weekend, in Las Vegas, with Mom and I!  She has also completed a Half Ironman, and will be doing her first full Ironman and her second full marathon in 2016.  Because Kristen has been traveling for races for quite some time now, she has some expert tips to share with you for running and traveling.

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1.  Carry-on vs Checked Luggage:   When traveling for a race, luggage can definitely be a stressor. One tip would be to place any race day necessities into a carry-on bag instead of checked luggage. This way (just in case) if the checked luggage doesn’t make it to your destination you don’t have to be concerned about getting all new racing accessories for your big day. Any bag the size of a backpack should be able to fit your shoes, race day clothes, and accessories. Then, if you check a bag all your other vacation items can be there.

2.  Hydrate!:  When flying to a race, the different air pressures can really mess with your hydration. Carry a water bottle with you so that you can stay hydrated when the flight attendants are focusing to other guests or are seated. You can always ask them to refill it if you need. Many people also drink something with electrolytes like Gatorade, or Nuun. Maybe be sure to sit on the aisle too, because all that water is going to hit ya!

3.  Packing:  Set out all race day and other vacation essentials on your bed or floor. This will allow you to make sure you don’t forget anything for either part of your trip. This is something I have to do for pretty much every trip, just to make sure I have all my items! Of course, if you forget your GU packet or headband, most race expos will sell those items.

4.  Compression Socks:  Traveling, low cabin pressure, low humidity and dehydration can also cause a lot of lower leg swelling. Wearing compression socks can help keep your blood flowing and prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. You can also be sure to wear looser clothing, drink plenty of fluids, and elevate your legs whenever possible to help prevent lower leg swelling. The easiest solution while traveling would be to wear those compression socks! (compression sock comparison)

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5.  Time Zones:  Even if you skip a time zone or two, try to immediately get on that new time zone’s schedule. You may be extra tired from traveling, but stay up until your normal bed time in that new time zone.  This will help you to regulate as quickly as possible and keep your routine in place before the big day.

Thanks, Kristen, for sharing!! Do you have any tips for traveling for races?  Good luck to all runners traveling this weekend, especially to VEGAS!

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