6 tips for a less stressful race-cation

A race-cation can be so much fun! It can also be stressful and that can put your race goals on the back burner. Hopefully these tips will help you stay focused on your race but enjoy your trip as well.

I’ve done one big, out of state race and several semi-local races that were far enough away that I’ve stayed in a hotel. I call those race-cations too. In fact, I’m getting ready for one this week.

6 racecation tips

Here are my tips, hopefully these will help you as well.

  1. Make a list. Of everything. And specific to your race gear, lay it out on the bed as if you were dressing to race. Or put everything on if you need to. Definitely don’t want to get out of town and realize you don’t have your fuel belt or GPS watch. Pack an extra set of running clothes for weather changes.
  2. If you are flying, put your running shoes in your carry on. You might think I’m crazy but what if the airline loses your checked luggage? I can just about replace everything else needed for a race, except my shoes.
  3. Allow a few extra days before and after the race if possible. You want to arrive early so you can rest and get your bearings. It’s a good idea to drive the course as well. Then allow a few extra days after to recover and enjoy the city you came to race in.
  4. If you can, take food with you. We are driving this weekend and have a kitchenette in our room. I will take bagels, peanut butter and bananas, as well as protein powder to make smoothies. I love to eat and try new restaurants when we travel, but the day before a race is not the time to try anything crazy.
  5. Take your pillow if you can. I always sleep better when I have my own pillow(s).
  6. Try to pick a race in a city you want to visit. This is a vacation, after all. If you are taking kids with you, scope out fun family things to do after your race is over.

When I went to California to run a half marathon, I even packed my stick roller. I took extra socks and shorts. You never know what might come up.

Have you ever done a race-cation? Where did you go?

What tips do you have?

Did you work out today?

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8 comments to 6 tips for a less stressful race-cation

  1. Amy Holland says:

    We are headed to Napa in two weeks, where my husband and about 25 other runners from our training group will be running the marathon. I’m excited to be a spectator for this one, but I love your suggestions about making a list, etc. I don’t want him to be stressed out getting ready for the trip, so I’ll remember your advice.

  2. Alisha B says:

    Great tips!

  3. I haven’t really done a racecation…I’ve done a few local racecations meaning I needed to stay overnight so I guess that counts. I ALWAYS bring food though when I have to stay overnight. Nothing like not having the breakfast you are used to right before a race! I did a 7 mile tempo run today…first run outside in a LONG time and it felt great!

  4. Great list! I have done a race-cation to Vegas and it was a tough one. The race was great, but I should have planned everything else better!

  5. beth davis says:

    Good idea about the shoes thing!! we went to florida in the summer and we did a 5k that was hosted on the beach. it was miserable.. but enjoyed the weather and the beach it was very calming!

  6. Heading out on my race-cation tomorrow! Thanks!

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