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We've compiled tips for and benefits of staying in a vacation rental home before that all-important race you have been training for.
Arrive and park on-site in your driveway or reserved space. Don't wait at a counter to check in or haul luggage in from a huge parking lot. Just unlock the door and relax! Bring the family to cheer you on - you have plenty of room.
Go to the local grocery store or market for your favorite pre-race foods and any race-day needs. It's so nice to prepare your pre-race favorites in a real kitchen. Stretch your legs: Walk or run in the neighborhood instead of a hotel treadmill. Map out your course game plan, and get to bed nice and early for peaceful sleep without hotel lights and noise.
Don't wait in long lines for a continental breakfast or hunt down a coffee shop that's open - you can make coffee and breakfast at your rental and head out the door to the race without waiting for the elevator. Now it's race time - Good luck!
After the event, relax in your own space and celebrate your huge accomplishment! Book a place with a comfy bathtub for a post race soak or ice bath. Best of all, stay an extra night or two to see the city, and enjoy a mini vacation with your race weekend.