Sorry I took a bit of break last week...my crazy life finally caught up to me and I just couldn't focus on everything at once! However, I am back and ready to tell you about my fabulous experience in the CARA Ready to Run 20 Miler! This "race" is a training run that it supposed to make you feel like you are a ready to run the marathon. 20 miles is the longest run during training and you are supposed to treat it like a dress rehearsal for the marathon. So, I packed a gear bag, put my race bib on, had a delish pasta dinner the night before, and tried my very best to get a good night's sleep.
For those of you who have never packed a gear bag, here is what I suggest:
-Clean undies, pants/shorts, and a shirt. I didn't pack a shirt because we got a shirt at the finish line, but typically I do
-Flip Flops (all I ever want is to take off my sweaty socks so these feel great)
-An ID and some money
-Wipes-you're gonna be sweaty so this helps!
Put some of these things into a plastic bag. That way, when you take off your gross stuff, you can stash it in the bag and it won't touch your other things!
I did not bring music with me as I had a bunch of running buddies:
|Me and Jana|
|Our starting line selfie with some of the Perfect Tens|
It was a beautiful day out and the run went great! I totally feel ready to rock the Chicago Marathon in a couple weeks! For now, we taper, rest up, and stay healthy!