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Packing for Race Weekends

Packing

I’ve been asked by a few people who are getting ready for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend what I pack for big race events.  It has taken quite a few races to get that nailed down, but I think after having traveled for 8 different race weekends I finally have a pretty solid packing list.  SO I wanted to share it with you to help you a long to way if you are struggling with what to bring.

Race Gear

Now this is subjective for everyone, but here is what I bring when running multiple races in a weekend:

  • 032 SA_SE2 Pairs Running Shorts –I stick with my favorite Bermuda Shorts from Moving Comfort
  • 1 Pair of Capris – Also from Moving Comfort and better for shorter runs where I won’t be so hot
  • 3 Running Tanks – I will only run in moisture wicking tanks tops, so I go with my favorite 3 at the moment
  • 3 Sports Bras – I currently have different bras for different distances, so I go with what I think I’ll need
  • 3 Pairs of Sport Underwear – If you haven’t noticed, I love ALL moisture wicking materials, even for my underwear!  These are a must have!  No one like soggy undies…
  • 4 Headbands – I can’t run long distances without my Bondi Bands.  They are thick enough to hold all of my wispy hairs back and they are also moisture wicking which is a super bonus for me!
  • Hair Ties – A given for anyone with longer hair…
  • 3 Wristbands – I LOVE this thick wristbands from Under Armour that helps to wipe away my sweat during a race!!  I won’t do any type of exercise without one.
  • Fuel Belts – For half marathons or longer, I run with 2 fuel belts (strange, I know).  I love my Amphipod for it’s large water bottles and storage pocket for all my fuel. I also like the iFitness belt to hold my phone and race bib so I don’t have to pin it to my shirt.
  • GuChocolate Outrage has always been my go to fuel.  I always bring enough with me for all the races because you never know what will be available at the expo or on the course.
  • iPod Shuffle & Headphones – I need some sort of music to keep me going, but always keep the volume low!
  • Garmin – Even though I’ve been using my Polar RC3 GPS lately to watch my heart rate, I’m much more comfortable with my Garmin Forerunner 405 for races.
  • KT Tape – I often suffer from posterior shin splints, so I always bring my KT Tape to avoid any issues during the race.
  • Body Glide – I always apply generous amounts of Body Glide in any areas that I think might chafe…under my sports bra, along my waist, my inner thighs…it’s a MUST!
  • Sunscreen – This is definitely needed for morning races.  You may be starting off in the dark, but that sun rises quickly!

Things for the Feet

I need to bring a variety of shoes during a race weekend.  Yes, there are my running shoes but there are a few other items that are a necessity to keep my feet happy!

  • Running-Shoes-AsicsRunning Shoes – I always wear my running shoes on the plane whenever I travel for a race.  Who knows what could happen to your luggage while traveling and the last thing you want is for your shoes to get lost.  You can always buy new clothes at the expo, but shoes are a different story.
  • Park Touring Shoes – For Disney races, I always bring a separate pair of shoes to tour the parks.  My Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0s are my favorites for just walking around.
  • Flip Flops – These are a necessity for after the race.  I usually check a pair of flip flops at bag check so I can take my sneakers off right after the race.
  • Socks – Good running socks are key and I love my Balega Enduro No Shows. And for walking around, my go to socks are the Reebok CrossFit No Shows.
  • Blister Care – Blisters are a runners worst enemy!  Before each race, I cover my feet in Dr. Scholl’s BlisterDefense to help prevent any issues during the race.  I also bring blister bandages with me incase any do form.
  • Foot Wheel – This little gadget is great for soothing tired feet and hardly takes up any room in your luggage.

Post Race Necessities

Recovery is very important while traveling, especially if you plan on touring Disney parks post race or if you are jumping on a plane shortly after.  You want to be comfortable!  Here’s what I bring with me to make sure my tired legs recover as quickly as possible:

  • SleevesCompression Gear – I swear by my compression gear post race.  I basically live in my Zoot compression sleeves and Aspaeris Pivot Shorts.  It’s like a nice hug for your legs 🙂
  • Comfy Post Race Outfit – I typically sport a maxi dress after my races so I can wear all my compression gear underneath with ease!
  • The Stick – Great for rolling out tight muscles.
  • Stretch Strap – Helps to get some deep stretches and really helps with my tight hips.
  • BioFreeze – This usually isn’t needed, but I bring it just in case!
  • Tylenol/Motrin – Self explanatory…

That pretty much covers all my race needs.  It’s a lot to pack and bring with you, but I always like to have all my bases covered.  Hope this was helpful as you get ready to race!

Do you have any race weekend necessities that I left out?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 14, 2013

Big week in the world of runDisney!  2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events went on sale this week and a few races sold out in record time!  The new WDW 10K sold out in less than 7 hours, followed by the 5K a few days later, then the all new Dopey Challenge, which is 48.6 miles in 4 days.  That’s quite amazing.  I registered for the 10K and the Half Marathon…after my less than stellar experience at the Marathon this year, I don’t think I’m ready to try that again any time soon.  Did you sign up for a race for Marathon Weekend?  

Other Disney news this week is a bit sad…one of the original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello, passed from her long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.  My first memory of Annette actually wasn’t as a Mouseketeer, but in the 1987 movie Back to the Beach.  I LOVED this movie growing up.  I was very sad to hear of her passing and that she suffered for so long.  She is truly an American icon.

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To catch you up, here’s what all has been going on at RAD this week:

And now some fun RAD Reads for you to enjoy!

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney shares their crummy runs on Training Tuesday...something I really appreciate, especially this week!

Yes, I’m Obsessed with CrossFit shares the 50 Signs that You’re Obsessed with CrossFit…some of these are very funny!

Run Stronger Every Day recaps her Kick Ass 5K…more on my experience later.

Disney Posts
BIG congrats to Travel with Rick who just recorded the 200th episode!

This Happy Place Blog travels back to 1998 and shows Animal Kingdom some appreciation.  This includes some awesomely retro photos 🙂

Magical Day Wedding explores all of the various wedding venues in the WDW Parks.  It includes my dream wedding location of Maharajah Jungle Trek in Animal Kingdom…sigh

Imagineering Disney makes a mind-blowingly awesome tiny model of the Jungle Cruise.

Drinking Disney shares some great places to grab a beer at Walt Disney World.

Disney Every Day has a hysterical photo of a monorail worker for photobomb Friday…one of my favorite series!

Weekly Review
This was a week of ups and downs when it came to my workouts.  I had some great WODs at CrossFit and a not so great run.  Monday was full of squats and some heavy ones in that, so when I went out for a run on Tuesday my legs were tight.  I should’ve taken this into consideration when choosing my running shoes, but I decided to use my new Saucony Kinvara 4s (full review to come later) to go out for the Kick Ass 5K.

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I should’ve just stuck with my usual running sneakers because nothing went well about this run.  I really don’t think I’m made for minimalist running.  Plus, the ultimate irony of the run was that my colitis (which hasn’t been great lately) decided to show itself at about 1.35 miles in…ugh.  So my steady pace was slowed to a mix of slow walking and sprinting to get home as fast as I could.  Sadly I only got 2.65 miles in.

Thankfully I had a much better day at CrossFit the following day.  The WOD consisted of lots of running and lots of squatting…nothing my Brooks and some KT Tape couldn’t handle 🙂  Good news is that with all the running that day, I completed the Kick Ass 5K and then some.

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You can see my complete WODs this week including a bagillion squats on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squats, Hang Squat Cleans & Knees to 90
Tuesday: 2.65 mile run (Kick Ass 5K…almost…)
Wednesday: CrossFit: Running (1.25 miles), Wall Balls, Thrusters & Overhead Squats/Lunges
Thursday: CrossFit: Split Jerks, Push Press, Air Dyne & Farmers Carry
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Besides the WDW Marathon races I signed up for this week, I also registered for the Long Branch Half Marathon on May 5th.  I’ve been wanted to run a nice flat race for a while to see what I’m actually capable of.  My Disney races always take much longer because of all the photos and the pure fun of it all.  But now with these new stricter time requirements in place, I want a faster time in the books.  I thought that this would be the perfect race because the finish line is right on the beach where B and I got married…how cool is that?!  Now I guess I better get some good training runs in…ha!

Do you have any fun races coming up?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 12, 2012

Another big week of runDisney news!  The new 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon medal was revealed, which brings us even closer to the big reveal of the 20th Anniversary Marathon medal.  I’m thinking it will be coming on Monday or Tuesday, so keep checking back here for more info.

Let’s move onto some RAD Reads, shall we?

Running & Fitness Posts
Kimberley Michelle goes Color Run-ning with her daughter, who is seriously too cute for words!

FitFluential share 5 Ways to Take Your Workout from Good to Amazing.  This week also featured the incredible Transformation of Nikki from My Life My Way…you need to check this out.

I Dream of Running takes a look at what all those miles give back to her.  An interesting and reflective look back…man this girl is fast!

The Unlikely Competitor recaps the ET Full Moon Midnight Half Marathon which takes place on the Extraterrestrial Highway near Area 51.  This looks like such a fun race and the medals are super cool!

Run With Jess completed the Oshkosh Spirit Triathalon, her very first!  Congrats Jess on getting out of you comfort zone!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW shares some fun new shirts in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot.  I think my favorite is the Goofy shirt…what’s yours??

Da Mouse presents an amazing 11-part photo update on the new Fantasyland Construction.  This is fitting since the opening dates were just revealed this week!

Blue Sky Disney reports on new updates to the Avatar project at Disney’s Animal Kingdom including possible names, attractions and various other concepts.  Looks like this is finally starting to take shape.

Touring Plans contributor Guy Selega, Jr. visits the Ronald Regan Presidential Library to view The Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives.  This is a great photo tour of some amazing artifacts.

Disney Bound shares photos of this incredibly cute couple who visited Walt Disney World dressed as Carl & Ellie from Up!

Also make sure to check out my post this week on WDW for Grownups about how there is a runDisney Event for Everyone.

Weekly Review
This week I started my On Ramp with CrossFit Milford and I’m loving the challenge!  Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for 4 weeks and they teach us the proper form for all the moves we will be doing in the regular classes and ease us into the workouts.  CrossFit brings you back to the basics of fitness by using your own body weight for many of the exercises and simple weights for the rest.  The Box (a nickname for CrossFit gyms) is very basic with no air conditioning and no fancy machines.  It’s located in an industrial area in a large open room with garage doors wide open to the parking lot…makes those runs during workouts easy!  On Thursday I did my first deadlift and according to the coach, I had fantastic form.  I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would touch a barbell, let alone do a 65# deadlift.   I’m loving being able to push myself and do things I never dreamed, and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s workout will bring!  However, the lack of air conditioning is making me rethink the choice of doing this in August. 😉  You can get full reports of all my workouts over on my DailyMile page.  

Here’s my full week of training:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3.16 mile run

I finally got in a run this week.  I had been resting my legs from horrible posterior shin splints and after 8 days I felt like it was time to get back out there.  I mentioned last week that I has bought some KT Tape and I thought this was the perfect time to give it a try.  I followed the video instructions on their website to apply the tape and was instantly amazed at how it changed the positioning of my foot.  The tape seems to pull the front of my foot down a bit and relieved some of the pressure on my shins.  When I went to run, I had no pain…at all!  I couldn’t believe it.  I’m sure the rest, rigorous stretching, ice and cherry juice I’ve been drinking this past week have helped, but I was still shocked.  The tape is meant to stay on for a week and is waterproof from showers.  I’m going to keep it on for a few days and see how it goes.  I’m just happy to get some relief!   

So that was a great week!  I’m feeling really strong and excited about getting into the best shape of my life.  Slow and steady wins the race right??  Have a fab week and keep moving!

 

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 5, 2012

August?!  Say it ain’t so!  The summer is going by so fast.  It’s been hot and humid here in the Northeast…perfect for sitting in the air conditioning and catching up on some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Fit2Flex shares the truth about her workouts.  If this girl hates her workouts, I don’t feel so bad about hating mine.

Dr. Rachel Runs completed her first triathlon…congrats!!  She also has a snazzy new website, so make sure to head on over and check it out.  

FitFluential released a brand new line of shirts that are activated by sweat!  I can’t wait to get one of these 🙂  #proof

Disney Posts
Eating (and Drinking) Around the World reports on new menu changes at Tutto Gusto.  Wine flights and larger plates to share are some of the included additions.  

Main Street Gazette takes a look at some fantastic vintage EPCOT Center postcards.  This is a great prelude to the 30th anniversary!

Mouse on the Mind welcomes James from This Happy Place Blog who takes us to the Magic Kingdom at night to kick off their Disney at Night Series.

Touring Plans contributor Kristen Helmstetter shows us her Favorite Disney Water Park Attractions.  I haven’t been to one of the water parks in almost 20 years…I think it’s time for a visit!

DisDining explores the Top Ten Healthy Meal Options at Walt Disney World.  These are some great options!

Weekly Review
Compared to last week, this one has been uneventful.  I’m continuing to fight with the pain in my lower legs, which after some research I’ve figured is posterior shin splints.  The pain was so bad this week that I had to walk almost a mile home when out for a run because I couldn’t take it anymore.  Ice temporarily helps the pain, but as soon as I run again it comes back.  The key to preventing this and avoiding pain in the future is to strengthen the muscles in the area.  There are simple daily stretches that I will be doing to hopefully avoid serious injury.  I’ve also seen a lot about KT Tape and how it helps with this particular ailment.  I’ve ordered a roll and will be testing that out as well.  So please don’t laugh when you see me walking around with purple stripes on my legs 😉

Here’s my week of exercise:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 3.12 mile run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 2.62 mile run
Saturday: CrossFit Intro Class – 60 minutes

Tomorrow begins my On Ramp with CrossFit.  I attended another intro class this weekend and I’m even more excited to get this started.  The classes make me feel strong and I can’t wait to get even stronger!  Have a great week!

Have you tried KT Tape?  Has it worked for you?