Race day is a very exciting day, in my early experience I would show up, dressed and ready to run. Part way through the race, I was itching for an aid station for a drink, or some boost to keep me going. This would often slow me down – ever try to grab a water from an aid station with hundreds of other runners? Yeah, no thanks. It wasn’t until I started to prepare for my races that I really started to enjoy the process. Arriving prepared, not just in gear alone, can make a race day experience so much better. 5K races I generally treat as fun runs without much fuss, but on long-distance runs, and races over the 10-mile mark I generally start to think about fuel on the go.
Please keep in mind these product reviews are entirely my own, my own experiences, tastes, preferences, and do not express the views of the manufacturer. Please proceed with caution, individual results will vary. While I have an ambassadorship with Honey Stinger, the best in sports fuel in the industry, I developed this list prior to joining them so there is a bit of a variety.
In this post, I want to focus on two things: Gel and Hydration Race necessities.