Training for a running race is often a matter of managing several different checklists. You have to make sure you sign up in time to score a bib, follow your training plan, plan your pre-race meals, and have the right gear. Preparation is key to getting through the occasionally tedious yet rewarding process.
But along the way, you might realize there were aspects of race-training that you couldn't possibly have predicted. For example, sometimes it takes going on a 12-mile run in shorts to understand the beauty of chafe-guard. Or enduring one boring treadmill run without proper earbuds can be enough to make you pull the trigger on buying wireless headphones.
Luckily, we've thought through all of these potential scenarios, and compiled a list of race-training essentials that will solve all of your problems — and give you a few less things to worry about ahead of race day.