You've trained for months. You've contained your nerves. You've travelled across the country. But... your laces keep coming undone, your legs are hurting early, and the pain of your feet rubbing is worse than the pain of running itself.
It doesn't matter what sport you do, 'marginal gains' are a definite trend; but, what about last minute 'maximal gains'? Those last-minute additions to your kit bag, which really make your run not just good, but great...
Here are 7 essentials, which you'll be grateful for on event day...
1. Science in Sport nutrition
First up, nutrition. This is the building block of your day's success.
Science in Sport work with sport scientists and food technologists as well as keen athletes and sports people to develop products that deliver the right balance of nutrients.
With a whole range of flavors, avoiding flavor fatigue is easier than ever, too.
We love the Science in Sport GO Hydro Tablets (20 Tabs) - they make water more interesting and replace electrolytes lost through sweat.
2. CEP Calf Sleeves 2.0
Calf sleeves may look odd at first, but watch most long distance athletes on TV and you'll see they're common place.
The reason is that there's nothing better you can do for your lower leg, than employ some support – to not only to reduce calf muscle ache during the event, but also help recovery and reduce the chance of shin splints.
View the CEP Calf Sleeves 2.0 at Wiggle
3. X-Socks Run Performance Socks
Your feet can take a hammering during a running event, which makes investing in some running socks seem very worthwhile.
Not only can socks improve ventilation, they also play a key role in preventing blisters.
Our top socks, like the X-socks Run Performance Socks aren't a luxury, but a necessity when it comes to serious running events.
View the X-Socks Run Performance Socks at Wiggle
4. Inov-8 Race Ultra 10 Race Pack
The best thing about a rucksack? It keeps your hands free for celebrating and high fiving.
This bag from Inov-8 features 2x 500ml storage spaces and weighs just 260g!
With a volume of 10 litres, it is great for keeping urgent spare layers in, or all day nutrition.
View the Inov-8 Race Ultra 10 at Wiggle
5. dhb Elastic Lock Laces
Elastic laces are a great way to keep your feet secure, without the fiddly nature of normal laces.
They are colourful and cheap, but also offer enough stretch for better comfort.
View the dhb Elastic Lock Laces at Wiggle
6. Compressport Full Leg Recovery Sleeves
Taking on multi day sessions or events? Compression is a buzzword within sports, as it is one of the most effective ways to recover faster.
Full leg recovery sleeves like these ones from Compressport are a great way of giving circulation a much needed boost.
View the Compressport Full Leg Recovery Sleeves at Wiggle
7. Wiggle Nutrition Recovery Drink
Carbs and protein are likely to be the things your body craves most after a hard event.
A dedicated Recovery Drink will give your body all it needs, in a tasty package; and they can be easily consumed in the golden 20 minutes after the event.
View the Wiggle Nutrition Recovery Drink (1.5kg) at Wiggle