ed. note: I am off gettin’ married, celebratin’ and spending time with my family and friends, so I hope you enjoy all my awesome guest posts. Today you’re hearing from my running buddy Julie, who blogs over at Diving into the Gene Pool on her tips for a Ragnar Packing List. Thanks, Julie!
Hi EatPrayRunDC readers! Courtney’s running buddy here to keep you all entertained while she is off getting hitched this weekend!
This past May, I ran Ragnar Cape Cod and before packing for the trip I read a bunch of reviews on tips and tricks so I thought I’d share some of the most critical items that I packed (or wished I had packed).
Zippy bags…I know you’ve probably heard all about packing running gear in giant zippy bags but these were super useful. I picked up some of the giant Ziplock bags and now want to pack for all trips (non-running included) in them! Huge space savers and great for keeping everything organized in an otherwise very disorganized environment!
Moist wipes and toilet paper. I had read that having wipes was a great way to “shower” between runs so we stocked up at Costco in Cape Cod. I would highly recommend the non-baby version unless you want your entire van to smell like a fresh baby butt. I would however, also pick up a pack of toilet paper because although all exchanged had facilities, they weren’t always well stocked or ready to handle the crowd…best to be prepared for the worst.
Comfy clothes for in-between runs. I picked up some inexpensive sweats before the race and lived in them between run. Your body temperature will drop over the course of the race and having something warm and fuzzy (that wasn’t tight jeans) was essential.
Easy snacks. Our van was running a lot of miles (we each had double legs) and it was exceptionally challenging to get food down. Eat, even if you don’t want to, when you can. Having a variety of tasty snacks will make getting nutrients down slightly easier. You won’t necessarily have time to sit down at a restaurant or if you do you might choose to use that time to sleep. My go to’s were Goldfish, Fruit snacks, bagel with peanut butter and some protein crunch bars. You will need protein + carbs and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – there are plenty of bathrooms!
Team magnets! I totally missed this memo and our entire team was filled with Ragnar newbies so we didn’t know about this trend. At all the exchanged the other vans will go around and “tag” your van with their team magnet. By the end of the weekend we had a good 20+ magnets and it was so fun to come back to a new magnet after seeing our runner off at each exchange. I just wished we had been able to reciprocate!
Have you ever run a Ragnar (or other relay race)? If so, do you have any tips and tricks to share with other readers?
Julie blogs about running, her diving adventures and life over at Diving into the Gene Pool.