Jul 13

10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE REACH THE BEACH

by: RTB Ambassadors

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“One thing I wish I'd gotten through my head is something that you guys told us 100 times beforehand. Don't worry about the time results; that's not what RTB is about. You're not letting the team down if you don't run your expected pace. Relax and stop to take a pic during your leg if you see something worth remembering.”

– GREG K, 2016 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR


2.

"I wish I came more prepared for sleeping!  I packed all my race clothes and other necessary race items, but ignored or did not pay attention to some easy sleeping items.  It would have been so helpful to have a small travel pillow, sleeping bag, or warm blanket.  There were opportunities to sleep and I took full advantage of them, but looking at some other prepared runners with their various items to make sleeping a little bit easier, I was envious! My plan was to use my gym bag as a pillow and nothing more. Having some other small items or at minimum a blanket would have been ideal.  Also, if you plan to sleep outdoors, it is cool/cold so come prepared.”

– Jack T, 2015 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR

3.

“Two Heads are better than one! When reading course directions/transition point descriptions, always double check with a second person in your van.... if it's really late at night...maybe check with a 3rd person.”

– Dale R

 

4.

“I wish I knew to pack an outfit for each leg. Don't be the stinky one…”

– CHRIS M, 2016 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR

5.

“I wish I knew it's a lot more fun to run in the middle of the night than it sounds.”

- DANA M

6.

“I wish I knew to pack a blindfold to use when trying to catch some ZZZ’s. I’ve always been in van #2, which sleeps at the middle school, and there is a decent amount of lights. I am a sleeper that needs the dark! Earplugs would be nice: However, you better have someone to wake you up!”

– JOSH P, 2015 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR

7.

“Bring Cash!  Several stops have homemade food that awesome volunteers made just for you!  They ask for donations, have cash and be generous!”

– DALE R, 2016 RUNNER'S ALLEY RTB STAFF TEAM

8.

 “Pack for every season. This is New Hampshire the weather can change on a dime and while you are encouraged to pack lightly for the sake of space in the van make sure you pack something to run in for every season of weather. No one likes to run when they are cold or too hot so it is always nice to have options. It's always better to have that extra layer and not need it than need it and not have it. Definitely pack that extra pair of shoes if rain is predicted in the forecast because we all know wet shoes equal blisters.”

- DAVID F, 2016 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR

9.

"There's no need to bring ice with you. There are plenty of lakes and rivers to dip your legs into."

- SEAN G, 2014 RUNNER'S ALLEY RTB STAFF TEAM

10.

“I wish I knew how fast you could make 11 new friends.”

– DANA M, 2015 RUNNER’S ALLEY RTB AMBASSADOR

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