1. Visor/Baseball hat
2. (sweat proof) Sunscreen
3. Sports Bra (you don't mind everyone else seeing)
4. Comfortable Shorts
5. Handheld water bottle
6. Death stare for race photographers who try to take a photo of you when you're throwing a huge run tantrum mid-race.
This reason is more about what you SHOULDN'T do during a summer race. Talk about one sad runner. And that sports bra is AWFUL (see #3, I'm speaking from experience)... I just wanted an excuse to show this horrible photo from the RNR Half Marathon last year. I was in probably the best shape of my life (having hired a coach to help train me for this race) and completely self destructed when the temps were too hot and things weren't going my way. (Um, who plans a goal race in the middle of the summer when their body historically has not done well in the heat?!) HOWEVER, that training cycle taught me a lot about what I'm capable of doing and pushed me outside my comfort zone. When I'm ready to run another marathon, I know Coach Britt will help me get there. :)