Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. Mine has been busy but I am leaving tomorrow for Chicago so I am also super excited. One thing I love about running is the opportunity to travel to cities that are not Chattanooga, TN to run a race. You get to explore other sites, eat local foods and meet new and interesting people. It’s a chance to take a simple race and really experience all that it entails. So today I am sharing 5 tips for a successful racecation (or other special event travels).
Plan ahead. This is probably the most important thing you can do when traveling for a race or other special event. If you are running or racing, you will want to review the course so that you are training properly. Make lists as to what to pack so you don’t leave anything at home. Research the area so there are no issues getting to the event on time. You want to plan for the unexpected so that you aren’t stressed and out of sorts when the time comes.
Stay close. One way to not get too stressed is to stay in either the host hotel or close to the event. This will eliminate the need to figure out how you will be getting to the event and where to park if you are driving.
Take food with you. If possible, take some food with you. Especially if you are racing. You will want what you will need for breakfast before the race as most races will be starting before breakfast is served at the hotels. This will also eliminate any issues with eating food that your body is not used to.
Review the route. As stated above, you will want to review the race route if you are racing. You will also want to make sure you know where you need to be to get to the start line, where family and friends can meet you afterwards and where all of the water, food and bathroom stops are.
Explore the sites of the city. After the event is over, take a shower, find some food and maybe take a nap. Then enjoy the city. Or maybe do like I am this weekend and go a few days early in order to see some of the sites. While the race is probably the most important part of the trip, don’t forget to get out and have some fun to celebrate a good finish – even if it is at the airport lol. And be sure to wear your medal – you earned it!
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What are some of your tips to make a happy, stress-free racecation or special event travels?