- Find a drinkable meal option or at least a drink that energizes you. Often times during 24 hour races, people lose their appetite. A drinkable meal can help you keep your energy reserves up despite your lack of hunger.
- Bring body glide or Vaseline to minimize chaffing. The fact is your skin will experience a heightened level of friction during this race because it is a 24 run and each leg is shorter and supposedly faster than a half-marathon.
- Have a first aid kit handy for blisters and scrapes.
- Protect your eyes and skin. Sunglasses and sunscreen. Somebody is running when the sun is out. It's not the Dracula 24-hour relay.
- Starting Thursday afternoon (The race starts Friday morning at 7:30 am for my team), ingest liquid carbohydrates. Preferably 50 grams or more over the next two meals in addition to your regular meals.
- Try and squeeze in naps or sleep longer today and every day leading up to Friday morning. You don't want to go into this race sleep deprived. *Speaking of sleep, bring something to cover your eyes so you can block out the sun and catch a quality nap.
- Bring a good book, music, anything to help you relax in-between the legs you are running. Bring extra clothing to keep you warm and toasty as you rest in between runs (base camp type clothing).***Bring headphones and/or ear plugs because I already know somebody on the team will be a world class snorer (not naming names or anything).
- Bring a sense of humor, a happy pill or at least a chill pill. This race can make you cranky. Lack of sleep, hunger, rest and/or being in close quarters can bring out a darker side.
- Have Fun! Take lots of pictures. You'll want to remember this.