Hello friends. I missed posting yesterday because I’m still getting caught up from this weekend on blog comments, emails, etc. It’s amazing how even taking a weekend off gets you so far behind. I’m finally catching up on my sleep but I’m definitely suffering from a Ragnover.
Seriously after this weekend’s Ragnar I can’t stop thinking about my next one! I had the absolute best time.
Since Ragnar is still on my brain I thought I would talk about how to pack for one because it takes a bit of consideration.
I brought 3 running outfits, one for each of my three runs. I had looked at the weather beforehand and planned my outfits accordingly. I set out my pants/shorts, shirt, underwear, bra & socks for each run. I then placed each one into a Ziploc baggie. This served a few purposes. First, my running clothes were organized and ready to go which saved me from rifling through my suitcase looking for things. Second, after each run I put my sweaty run clothes back into those same Ziploc bags and sealed them up to reduce smell. Third, it saved space in my suitcase and I squeezed out all the air from the bags almost creating a vacuum seal.
On top of my running outfits I also brought a “van outfit”. Generally I changed right into my next running outfit after each run but I also had a pair of comfy pants and a sweater to chill in the van and keep me warm during the night.
I didn’t pack extra things like a rain jacket or alternate shirts in case weather changed but I was running in So Cal where the weather is pretty predictable. If I was running somewhere else I would probably bring some “just in case” clothes.
Ragnar has specific gear needed for safety during nighttime legs including headlamp, reflexive vest & tail light. Luckily I was able to borrow all my stuff from Ange and not have to buy it myself. (Thanks Ange!)
Instead of a headlamp I wore a New Balance hat with lights which was awesome because it’s way more comfortable than a headlamp. The hydration pack Ange lent me had a tail light built in. This was also handy though I wouldn’t recommend this particular hydration pack from Go Motion. Ange had difficulty with the bladder not working properly the very first time she used it and they wouldn’t refund her (I used the pack with a bladder from one of my packs). The hydration pack also gave me some major chafing burn on my arm despite liberal use of body glide.
In another Ziploc bag I packed up my fuel for the race that included NUUN for rehydration after each of my runs, GU/Cliff shots for my long leg & Cliff bars.
You will need food for the van because you are always on the go. We got a chance to stop for one meal but all the rest of the food we had with us in the van. We stocked up on typical runner food including bagels, peanut butter, bananas, gatorade and then some treats like M &Ms and mini sugar doughnuts.
In another Ziploc bag (see the trend of the ziploc bags…seriously these help so much with organization) I packed my accessories including Garmin watch, Wireless Yurbuds, Mizuno visor, Pro Compression trucker hat, Flipbelt & sunglasses.
Stuff to keep you moving
I packed my Tiger Tail for rolling out my tired muscles and then I brought a few just in case items including KT Tape, Advil, moleskin & Bodyglide.
- Running shoes obviously! I brought two pairs because I didn’t want to put on a really sweat pair and I felt my feet might want a break from one pair of shoes
- Flip flops because you will be sick of your running shoes!
- Pillow, blanket, earplugs & eye mask for sleeping in the van
- Baby wipes for “showering”
- Deodorant & body spray – please do not forget this, your van mates will thank you
- Toilet paper – just in case
- Phone charger
Overall there wasn’t a single thing I felt I forgot or needed that I didn’t have a long the run. So use this packing list for your Ragnar and you’ll be certain to be covered.