The London Marathon is fast approaching and it is time to get myself organised! Now if you guys have never run a big event you must make sure you get all your stuff sorted well before the actual race day.
With a big event like London I really took the time this year to get myself straight nice and early. I wanted to share with you what I will be taking in my Race Bag to the start area (which will then get chucked on a truck!) and also for anyone who is staying over in London like I am what I am travelling with.
Packing a race bag is a dark art, you need everything possible but you gotta travel light! I have done a VIDEO with some amazing tips from people who have run marathons on what to bring so with that in mind here is what I am taking with me to the start:
Gels - 5 (one spare)
Protein Shake - Powder in and ready to be made up
Bottle of water x 2 - One to make up Protein Shake other to SIP on the way
Running belt - Carry my gels, lucozade and phone
Event clips - Spare just incase any fall off
GoPro - YOUTUBE BABY!
Coke - Full fat the paramedics call it the RED AMBULANCE!
Hat - Racecheck Visor to keep sun out of my eyes
Sunglasses - Cheap ones I can throw away
Old clothes - For the start line to stay warm
Radio & Headphones - This will get chucked but its just to keep me chilled with some music
Iphone headphones - Will have moments when music is essential
KT Tape - NIPPLES!!!
Portable charger and lead - Give my phone extra boost just before I start
Baby wipes - For after (I am gonna stink!)
Black sack x 2 - One to lay on one to put over me if weather forecast is wrong!
Flip flops - For afterwards
Nurofen - Just incase
Immodium - Will take 1 hour before
Change of clothes - Will put in fresh t-shirt
Tissues - Allergies!!
Jelly beans - Cheeky boost if needed
Sunscreen - I hope its not this hot!
Carry bags x2 - For my shoes if its rained night before
Toilet roll - Nature calls!
GoPro charger - YOUTUBE!!
Camera Equipment - YOUTUBE!!
Registration form - Not sure why but you never know
Trainers - errrrm well.....
Vaseline- For every knook and cranny!
Watch & Charger - Need to know my pace
Shorts - Well yeah
Compression shorts - Keep everything in place!
Socks - Don't fancy running barefooted
Compression socks - Skins
Vest - Something to attach my number too
Porridge- For my morning meal
Lucozade - Fill my bottles up
Compression top- Just incase its cold
Toothbrush & toothpaste - Well yeah!
E45 - Soften my skin up as its gonna be leaking sweat!
Hair product - Gotta look good for the cameras
Phone charger - It's the first thing in the bag!
Allergy tablets - It’s April!
So that is what I am taking. I will collect my number from Expo next week (18th) will get that attached as soon as I get home. I am checked into a hotel in London Bridge so I will travel up on Saturday!
Expect a new BLOG next week with my thoughts and plans ahead of the big day!
Catch you later