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Packing for Race Weekends


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?

Princess Packing Chaos

It’s no secret that packing for race weekends stresses me out.  Why?  Well I like to have all the comforts of home while I’m away, so I always tend to over pack and then end up having to cut things out, which turns a simple task into a multi-day event.  Yes, I know this is crazy, but it is my process.

I use the guest room as my “staging area” and it currently looks like this…

Notice the extremely detailed list??

Notice the extremely detailed list??

Organized chaos!

Organized chaos!

My running gear isn’t even included in this mess, so I think I’m already over extending myself!  I was looking back at my packing list from last year’s Princess Half and my gear has definitely expanded.  I now have post-race clothes to change into (I HATE being in sweaty clothes once you cool down!), a stretch strap, the Stick, KT Tape, blister band-aids, ankle braces (just in case!), Voltaren Gel, Body Glide, and I’m sure a few other things I’m forgetting.  I think my list expands after every race because there is something “I wish I had” at the last race.

So I have 2 more days to finish this craziness and try to keep my bag under 50 lbs.  This is a challenge considering my bag for Wine & Dine came in at 49.7 lbs!

Just made it for Wine & Dine!

Just made it for Wine & Dine!

Do you stress over packing or am I just crazy?  (This is definitely a possibility…B would probably confirm that.)  What are your MUST HAVES for race weekends in Walt Disney World?  

RAD Reads & Weekly Review: January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!!  I hope you all had a fun and safe new year celebration and are enjoying 2013 so far.


The Walt Disney World Marathon is only one week away…how did this get here so fast?!?!  It seems like just yesterday when I signed up back in June.  The closer it gets, the more excited I’m getting.  I’ve devised a nutrition plan for the race, studied the course so I know what to expect every mile, and I’ve started putting my packing list together.  Even though I haven’t been putting in all the miles I should’ve, I’m feeling pretty good about the race.

If you are traveling down to Walt Disney World for Marathon Weekend, hopefully you’re getting ready and excited as well.  If you need some help on what to bring for the big day, my friend Amanda from Disney Every Day put together this great video about training and race gear.  Check it out:

Now on to a few RAD Reads from this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail talks about Resolutions, Rehashing and Racing.  It’s been quite a year for Krysten and I can’t wait to see what she will accomplish in 2013.

Mommy Runs Fast talks about tapering before a race and among many things, the doubt it can cause.


Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog tells us about a few of her favorite Disney things from 2012.  This is a great recap!

Mouse on the Mind shares her top six posts of 2012.  I was so excited to see that my guest post made the cut!

Studios Central shares the the 2013 New Year’s fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Looks like it was an amazing night.

Imagineering Disney has a little Story Time and shares some really fun stories from his many rolls at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.


Weekly Review
It’s been a great week in CrossFit and a not so great week of running training, but what’s new.  Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a CrossFit Fundraiser for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims and it was amazing to see the community come together.  I’ve been making a point to eat better this week and drink a lot of water to get my body ready for the marathon.  Sleep is much better these days since stopping the steroids and I’m starting to feel like myself again.  Finally!

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Weighted Lunge, Thrusters, KB Swings & Burpees
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Amraps
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead Lifts & Air Dyne
Friday: Rest
Saturday: CrossFit – 10 minute amrap – Thrusters, Burpees & KB Swings

Depending on the WODs, I will be limiting CrossFit this week to keep my legs rested and overall just taking it easy.  Hopefully I’ll have some good news to report next week and I’m hoping you will too.  Since I am will only experience running the full marathon, I’m looking for a few guests post for the other races!  If you are interested in writing about Marathon Weekend or Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend, email me at

I’m not planning any formal meets next weekend because my schedule is already very hectic, but I would love to meet up with as many of you as possible, so make sure to drop me a line while you’re down there.  And always you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for all updates and some fun race photos!

Good luck to everyone racing!!

Princess Packing List

Tonight I’m starting to pack for my trip to Disney and the Princess Half Marathon.  I have an insanely long packing list (way too long for a 3 night trip) and I’m terrified I’m going to forget something I need for the race.  So here is my packing list for the 5K and the Half…I’ll spare you all the other things:

  •  Black capris (5K) & black shorts (half)
  • Pink (5K) & purple (half) UA tanks
  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 pairs of running undies
  • 2 pairs of Balga socks
  • Brooks running sneakers
  • Short sleeve hoodie (5K)
  • Long sleeve throw away (half)
  • 2 Headbands
  • Barettes
  • Fuel belts (yes I have 2)
  • Gu
  • Cliff bars
  • Garmin with charger
  • Wrist sweat bands

So what am I missing?  Am I overlooking anything?  My wonderful friend Amanda is going grocery shopping on Friday before I arrive to pick up some pre and post race food necessities, which I’m indebted to her for.  So I think I have the nutrition aspect covered.  But what else?!?

On a side note, my physical therapy is working wonders for my psoas tendonitis.  After each session, the pain significantly decreases.  So much so that today, I had very minimal pain and I was walking pretty normal.  How exciting!  I’m going again tomorrow for the last time before the race weekend and I’m hoping to be close to pain free.  Now the race might set me back in my healing, but that’s ok with me as long as I finish.  I’m willing to put in the healing time after the race.  All I know is that my physical therapist Will is a miracle worker!!

So happy packing to all you Princesses out there and please share your packing tips below!