Your Must-Read Pre-Run Checklist

by Sara Angle

Arthur Belebeau
Arthur Belebeau

Ready, set, rave: Mud runs are so last year. The hottest new way to 5K: glow runs! More moving dance party than race, these electric after-hours events are perfect places to get reflective. Check out my bright ideas on how to prep -- you'll thank me later!

See more:Secrets To Firing Up Your Metabolism

* Pack smart. You may be covered in fluorescent water or paint, so unless you want a neon car interior, bring wet wipes, plus a towel to lay on the seat for the ride home.

* Arrive early. Get there at least an hour before the start for preparty primping at glow paint and swag stations.

See more:20 Superfoods For Weight Loss

* Protect your tech. Don't risk ruining your phone or camera on the course; keep them in a plastic bag and take pics before and after the run.

* Bring money.
Races offer food and booze at the after-party, but it can be cash-only.

More from SELF:
2013 Best Healthy Beauty Buys
6 Moves To Resize Your Butt and Thighs
What to Eat for Gorgeous Hair
Lose Fat Fast with THIS 7-Day Detox