Monday, July 9, 2012

What to pack for an overnight relay

I can't believe it's been over 4 weeks since I did the Ragnar relay.  And I still haven't given you an update on it.  Bad blogger right here.  I don't feel bad about it.  My weekdays have been busy and weekends have been crammed full.

I was telling my friend this the other day that I feel I have been trying to squeeze in these things training, cooking, and cleaning,  But I can only fit in two of those things.  Most of the time my apartment has been suffering and is a huge mess.  Also randomly, if I don't get training in, usually nothing else gets done and I'm just a lazy pile.  It's okay, I'm not perfect and never claimed to be.

Where was I? Oh yeah, Ragnar.  If you are on Twitter, you might remember my incessant tweeting with #RagnarChi.  Sorry if I annoyed you, but I'm not really all that sorry.  I still don't understand Twitter all that well so I just do what I want. I'll have to do another post later about the whole experience, but, in short, it was pretty awesome.  I would recommend you put this on your fitness bucket list!

Before we get to all that I am going to share with you my packing list.  And you can see what I used and what I didn't use.  That way you can start planning to run one of these yourself!

Ragnar 2012 Packing List

Cash, keys, ID


  • 2 pairs of running shorts
  • 2 pairs of running capris
  • 2 running tanks
  • 2 tech shirts
  • 5 sports bras
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Tech jacket and a long-sleeved tech shirt
  • Tshirt for sleeping
  • Comfy shorts for sleeping
  • 5 pairs of underwear (I never skimp on these!)
  • Flip flops (for showering)
  • Birkenstocks
  • Bag for each outfit

Running Gear

  • Running shoes!
  • Arm band for music
  • Zune player
  • Watch/HR monitor (only used my watch)
  • SpiBelt
  • ShotBloks (didn't use at all)
  • RoadID
  • Sunglasses
  • Headbands
  • Hat (much too hot to wear)
  • BodyGlide
  • Ponytail holders
  • Water bottle (didn't use because we had bottled water)


  • Peanut butter
  • Bananas
  • Bagels (note: blueberry bagels does not go with bananas and pb very well)
  • Trail mix
  • Chex mix
  • Cheesy pretzel things
  • Gum


  • Safety pins
  • Tylenol, Ibueprofen
  • Sharpie
  • Camera
  • Phone charger (wall and car)

Things to leave at home

  • Laptop
  • Foam roller

Other running things we needed

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Blinking tail light or butt light
  • Reflective vests


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Towel
  • Pillow, blanket
  • Magazines
  • Deodarant
  • Chapstick
  • Small bottles of shampoo, conditioner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
I think I did a fairly good job of packing efficiently.  I brought a few extra outfits because I wanted to have a choice for what I could wear for each run.  The long sleeve shirt and jacket ended up being a total waste as it was way too warm for those.  I was sweating buckets then too.  

The extra sports bras ended up being extremely useful as one of my teammates forgot hers!  

I didn't miss the laptop at all and doubt I would have time to use it.  Now that I have a smartphone I can just look up things as needed.

My van had a ton of food and I mostly just stuck to bagels, bananas, peanut butter, trail mix and granola bars.  

More on the race later!

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