It's obviously different from a half marathon or a 5K for several reasons, but the biggest being you'll be running 3 times in about 36 hours. And, since you'll be in a van with 5 of your
NOPE. From the time the first runner takes off you're on the move. If you're lucky you'll stop for a real meal or two, and if you're really lucky you may even catch a few hours of sleep or snag a shower. But either way, you're lugging all your stuff with you.
I've learned a few things over the past few years that have helped me get my Ragnar packing down to a science. I hate to bring more than I have to, and I especially hate to bring something that someone else already brought. Essentially doubling up on things we only need one of. I also don't pack for every what if. We're running from Maryland to DC, not the middle of nowhere. If there is something we need, but not a single one of us brought it, I'm sure we can get ourselves to a Walmart.
4 x shorts
4 x tech shirts
3 x running bras
3 x running socks
3 x tech undies
1 x running shoes
1 x calf sleeves
|Each outfit gets its own gallon baggie - this makes it easy to get dressed!|
You'll notice an extra pair of shorts & shirt. Why? 'Cause you just never know. I like to change into the clothes I plan to use for my next run when I finish a run, but, anything can happen, so I like to be prepared to run an extra leg if I need to. I don't love to re-wear a bra and socks, but it can be done. But ain't nobody trying to be near me re-wearing a t-shirt & shorts.
Reuseable water bottle - great to keep in the van & fill up as you get the chance
iPod // headphones
Preferred fuel - I always aim to eat real meals, but bars & gels will keep hunger at bay
Headlamp - required for night time running
Reflective vest - required for night time running
Flip flops - Taking your running shoes off after you finish your leg is the best feeling
Stick - Your muscles will be tight, having the Stick or a foam roller will be much appreciated
Beach Towel - Can double as a blanket, pillow, or makeshift changing room in mixed company
Phone charger - Bring the car adaptor
Gallon baggies - I store my clean outfits in these & then fill them with dirty clothes after my leg
Hand sanitizer - Shit gets gross, fast
Mouthwash - 36 hour old breath is no good
Body glide - I love Bag Balm since it doubles as chapstick & Neosporin
Baseball cap - To hide my 3 run old sweaty hair when I try to go to a bar after Ragnar
1 x post race outfit - To get some of the stank off before I can get a shower
A few notes, you won't see an extensive list of snacks. Usually we eat an early breakfast before we start the race, followed by an big awkwardly timed meal when we finish with all our legs. Then we repeat after each leg. I'll be runner 6 this year, so I figure most of my fuel will be used pre-run rather than post run, since once I finish running we'll be safe to head for food. How's that for some motivation to run fast!?
So this is it. This is the pile of things that'll go in my car to head to Ragnar. Everything from above fit into this backpack. The only thing missing is wallet, keys, phone + reuseable water bottle.
Any must haves you don't see on my list?
Have you ever run a Ragnar?
What's your favorite post run meal?
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