It’s fair to say I’m pretty ‘eleventh hour’ about everything in most aspects of my life. Deadlines, packing, planning, and decision making all happen at the very last minute, which probably does nothing for my stress levels. On that note, my half marathon race prep tends to happen the night before, rather than the month/ week prior, like all the guides advise. Obviously, my training starts a little earlier (!) but everything else very much happens in the 24 hours that lead up to the race (and even that is being generous), so I thought, in case you’re anything like me, that I’d do a little run down of last minute race prep (that if you’re reading this before Hackney Half on Sunday, you’ve still got time to do!)
I tend to strip down into my sports bra on most summer time races after getting too hot, and religiously find myself in pain where my upper arms chafe against my body - it's weird! The trick: Vaseline. Vaseline everything: lips, underarms, nipples (boys), inner thighs maybe. Sounds gross but it's worth it.
Aha! The one you always forget: safety pins for your bib! Some nice race organisers include them in the bib envelope, but many don't. And they're not so easy to find around the house when you need them. Check if you've got them in your envelope, otherwise get out and buy, beg or borrow 4 right now.
Okay, less vital. But it's nice to look and feel nice — especially when you're going to be a sweaty mess at the end — so paint your nails for a little race glam. My race nails of choice are these House of Holland Gym Bag nails — I love 'em!