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I think everyone knows my goal to run a race in every state. Doing this requires planning to save money and make sure I am not stressing here are some of my tips.
Book Early: This goes for races, flights and hotels, most races offer cheaper rates the earlier you book, I start planning races almost a year out, so I can sign up for them as soon as registration opens to get the cheapest amount (or become a Bibrave Pro and get to do races for free) . After the race is booked, I then start looking at flights, I mostly fly Southwest (I get points) but for Rock and Roll I am flying Alaska Air as it was the cheapest flight and it is direct. I found it through the Hopper App, this is a great app to use to help with flight prices I highly recommend it. Then, book your hotel, and with certain races, mainly ones that are raffles, if I put my name in, I book the hotel before I get picked, to make sure I get the best deal. I always book one that has a free cancellation policy, cause you never know. Also try to do flights with free cancellation as well, cause you never know what might happen.
Pack for all weather conditions: Living in New England has taught me one thing about weather, they can’t really predict it. They try, but sometimes, they are just way off. So pack at least 2 outfits for race day, you don’t want to be too cold, or too hot so plan for both types of weather. I also bring 1 old sweatshirt with me and wear it race morning and discard it.
Do a restaurant search: Whatever app you prefer, look and see what is near your hotel, and find one that you think would be good for a prerace meal (I prefer Italian) And if you need to, make a reservation, so that way you are all set for the night before meal. Also with food, find a local grocery store and get the food you prefer for race day morning. I usually pick up some PB and a pack of english muffins (as they taste fine hot or cold) and always grab some water for your room.
and one tip I always remember but rarely practice, don’t walk too much before the race, I try to not walk too much but then I get excited about seeing a new place and walk damn near everywhere, oh well. I always end up with cool pics
Bring a portable phone charger, cause you will run through your battery taking all those pics and selfies. And always pack with enough time to think about it. Don’t wait till the day of flight to get your shit together, take the day before to go through, pack neatly and think through so you don’t forget things.
Then enjoy your time, racecations are fun, explore and enjoy your race
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