For today’s Friday Fives Link Up I’m joining Cynthia at You Signed Up For What, Mar at Mar On The Run and Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC. So make sure you check out their awesome running blogs!

So here are some of my Surprises that I encountered right before or during a race. Luckily, there weren’t too many. Most of the races are well organized and some of the unforeseen stuff that happens isn’t too dramatic.

So here they are: Friday Fives – 5 Race Day Surprises

1) Weather Conditions. Unfortunately, that’s the one thing that we all try to plan WAY ahead of time, but you can never really fully rely on a forecast. During my first Marathon in 2009 it started to drizzle when we lined up, and got heavier during the run, really down pouring the last 4 miles. That was not in the forecast and it does change your race entirely. Heat can also put a damper on your race and PR.

2) Race Clothing. Not being prepared with the right type of clothing. I think being dressed too warm while all of a sudden the temperatures are rising is even more uncomfortable than dressing too light during colder runs. I had to learn so many times the hard way. Now I save really old clothing pieces  for races or training runs, when I know I need the extra layer in the beginning but it would be way too hot during the race. That way I can just take it off and toss it. The NYC races work together will Salvation Army to collect and donate the left behind clothing. Such a neat idea, I think.

3) Not enough Porta Potties. Enough said.

4) The course is surprisingly hilly and just a really hard course for a Summer race. That’s always a surprise. I have signed up for 1/2 Marathons during Summer months where the course is a difficult one and can be quite exhausting to run in hot temps. When you see lots of exhausted runners on the sides it’s never a good thing.

5) I didn’t like the Race Shirt.