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Race Day Running Essentials – Angela

Laying out your #FlatSparkle prior to a race (or even a training run) can help calm some of the pre-run jitters by helping to make sure you have everything you need when the starting gun goes off. Today Angela is here to share with us some of her race day essentials –

Angela’s Race Day
Running Essentials

Like most runners, I start preparing for RACE DAY a week or so in advance! I begin by grabbing my favorite sparkle skirt, and piece it together from there! I’ve used two other brands of running/athletic skirts prior to finding Sparkle Athletic. I knew I had found the perfect skirt after my first run! I could have done jumping jacks or even jump hurdles and the skirt wouldn’t budge! I love that the fabric is soft, doesn’t scratch and has the perfect length! I’ve used both black compression shorts and black capris under the skirts, and they always compliment the ensemble! My sparkle visor just recently made its debut and it’s a keeper! The visor is comfy, stretchy and a show stopper! 
I pair my race day outfits with a few essentials that make every race day Sparktacular!!
 A must for me is my Apple watch for tracking my race stats with the Nike+ app! After using Garmin watches, I’ve switched over to the Apple Watch! I LOVE this watch because it provides TWO options to track your run! It has a built in workout app that allows you to customize your screen while running. I also have the Nike+ app (free*) because I’ve been tracking my miles for years on it.
I also use the Nathan hydration belts and single bottles to stay fueled throughout the race. Yay for their hydration belts, vests and bottles! I always use Nathan brand because of their durability and accessibility during my run! Rain or shine they hold up well! The belt offers 3 bottles, in which I fill two with water, and one with Gatorade. I also slip some energy blocks in the zippered pouch!! This provides me with all the fuel I need for my longer runs, including marathons! I stay well hydrated before, during and after my longest of races! Your local running store should sell a variety of Nathan gear, along with other hydration devices!
I’m so glad that running has become more popular with every year that goes by, because there’s more gear to choose from! A GREAT race means being well prepared!

A big thanks to Angela for sharing some of her race day essentials with #teamsparkle.

As we all know, race day can be a stressful time. One way to relieve some of the pressure is by making sure you have everything you may need when the starting gun goes off. Whether you are traveling across the country for a racecation or down the street for a local race, having a list and checking it twice to make sure you have all of your necessities can be the difference between a successful race and a stressful race.

Everyone is different when it comes to what they need or desire on race day, which is why we thought asking the amazing #teamsparkle community about their race day essentials could be a great resource for us all. Maybe it will serve as a reminder of something you forgot to pack or tip you off to a new product you’d like to try.

If you’d like to be featured on an upcoming Sparkle Athletic “Race Day Essentials“ post, please email us at raceday@sparkleathletic.com.

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