We are in full race preparation mode here at Casa de C.A.P.s (our house) for the Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon this Saturday. In an effort to help my fellow members of the “0.0 miles club” I have compiled a list of helpful tips and suggestions to maximize race spectating/significant other race support.
Location, Location, Location- If you’re driving to the race arrive early so you can get the best parking spot. For those out-of-towners find a hotel close to the race start line. For some reason race organizers find it to be more intense if the race starts at a ridiculously early time (seriously the only thing I want to do at 6am on the weekends is roll over and continue to check out the inside of my eyelids) so a hotel close to the start line will maximize your time practicing laying really still (read: sleeping) and ensure that you can quickly walk to the start line.
Print the Race Map- Would you start a cross country road trip without a map? So why would you start race spectating with out one? Ideally, if time allows try to identify potential lookout points and figure out the shortest point to get to them.
Have a Proper Packing List- Remember the six Ps: Proper Preparation Prevent Piss Poor Performance. Pack a backpack with at minimum a fleece jacket (for yourself), water, Gatorade, GU packets (ask your runner what this is if you're unsure) and something for post race.
Know the shortest distance back to your vehicle or hotel- After running a race your significant other is going to want to do nothing other than take a warm shower, stretch and relax so knowing the shortest distance back to your hotel or vehicle is clutch. Trust me, it will earn you brownie points.
Scout out the perfect post race meal location- After running 13.1 or 26.2 miles your significant other will be hungry and not want to walk far if you're staying in a hotel. For the out-of-towners check out Yelp or a similar app beforehand and ask yourself two questions: 1) Does the place serve awesome burgers and 2) does it have a great beer selection. If you answer yes to both of these questions, then you're in business. For the locals, stock your fridge with some good beer, meat and be prepared to fire up the grill or at least have the local take-out place on speed dial.
Hopefully that helps prepare for race spectating/significant other race support. Just remember most races have free beer at the end and someone needs to drink it.
And from the ladies, don't forget that we have a great discount for anyone interested in signing up for a Rock 'n' Roll event. Note that you cannot use this code with any special offers.