Race day is one of the most exciting times for runners. Whether you’re running a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon, the right running clothing can make a big difference in your performance and comfort level. In this blog, we’ll go over what to look for when choosing your running clothes for race day.
Opt for technical fabrics Technical fabrics, such as polyester and spandex blends, are designed to wick away sweat and keep you comfortable. These fabrics are also lightweight and quick-drying, making them ideal for running. Avoid cotton, as it tends to absorb moisture and become heavy, leading to discomfort. The Atmosphere Shortsleeve 2.0 from Brooks checks all of these boxes - it is also available in the tank top version if that is your preference!
Think about storage You may need to carry essentials with you during the race, such as energy gels, a phone, or keys. Look for running clothes with pockets or loops for storing these items. If your clothes don’t have pockets, consider wearing a running belt or arm band. I love the Brooks Source 9" Half Tights because they have two large pockets, one on each leg. Each pocket fits around 3-4 gels, and because it fits tight against your leg you won't experience any bouncing or irritaition.
The perfect raceday shoe is of utmost importance too. This should be a shoe that you've run at least a few workouts or longer runs in to make sure that you don't experience any hotspots and feel 100% confident in the ride. I opted for the Brooks Hyperion Max because it's a great shoe that you can simply put in tons of miles in, or really up the pace on race day. It's the perfect "swiss army knife" style shoe that can accomplish just about everything that you could ask for!
Consider the weather The first thing to consider when choosing your running clothes is the weather on race day. If it’s going to be hot and sunny, you’ll want to wear lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you cool and dry. If it’s going to be cold and windy, you’ll want to wear layers of warm and protective clothing, such as a windbreaker or thermal shirt.
In conslusion - all of these things to consider on race day should be practiced, practiced, practiced. Never wear anything new on race day. It's only February, but now is the time to start considering your entire kit from shoes to shorts to top.
Have a great race,
RRCA Level II Certified Run Coach