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What to Pack for a Ragnar Trail Relay?

Months ago when we decided to sign up for the Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia I started a list on my phone of what I wanted to pack. I have been known for being a list maker. Thankfully I am not alone in my list making when more than half of my team has an Engineering background it turns out we are all pretty listy. Our one team member even set up a google doc of what to pack so that we can all edit it. I know I'm a nerd but I love being prepared and I love being organized.

I started packing over the weekend when I knew I wouldn't be wearing most of my running clothes until race day. For the Relay I will be running 3 times so I made sure to pack three complete running outfits. I found a really helpful tip online to place each outfit in a gallon ziplock bag so I wont have to be searching for everything in the middle of the night or while someone else may be sleeping. The event will be all day and all night so I needed to make sure I packed a headlamp and extra batteries. I find it funny that the first things on my list are food. I know that the food I try and eat is not always available when I'm traveling. I almost always have something to eat on me whenever I go out so Im not tempted to eat things that my body does not agree with. For Ragnar I wanted to bring foods that are great for recovery since I will be running then resting then running again. Black Cherries and walnuts are both known to have anti-inflammatory properties so naturally they made the list. Before almost every long run during this training I are overnight oats. I didnt really think they would travel as well in a cooler so I'm making energy bites out of oatmeal as a replacement. I find that oats really fuel me while running. Especially when the oats are combined with chia seeds and peanut butter.

Energy Bites
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup nut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Additional add ins :
1/4 mini choc chips

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl and then set in the fridge to rest atleast an hour.
Roll into balls. Store in fridge in a sealed container.

The race will supply us with a pasta dinner Friday night. There will be a food vendor on site as well but there was not many vegetarian friendly options so I am making sure to bring enough of my own food. The race also provides water, coffee and hot chocolate. The beverages are available in the village so its wise to bring your own water to keep on your site. You will see that I do not have a tent on my list that is because other team members are bringing tents. I am bringing the screened room that will hopefully provide protection from the rain and the bugs. The forecast is calling for Thunder Storms the entire time we are there. I can deal with the rain but I'm still hopeful for  a little sunshine. My biggest concern is thunder and lightning that could cause them to cancel the race.

I really feel prepared for this event. As prepared as I am or I try to be I will always forget something!

  • Peanut butter and all fruit spread sandwiches
  • Chocolate for milk
  • Milk
  • Walnuts
  • Water
  • Energy bites (homemade)
  • Chocolate chip cookies with walnuts (homemade)
  • Triscuit
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Cherries
  • v8
  • Hummus
  • Blue corn tortilla chips
  • water
  • Running shorts
  • Sport bras
  • Socks
  • Shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Ear plugs 
  • Flip flops
  • Crocs
  • Trail shoes
  • Street shoes
  • Spi belt
  • Headlamp
  • Buff
  • Wind breaker
  • Water bottles
  • Camping mug
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Yoga mat
  • Toiletries
  • Baby wipes (shower pill)
  • Cooler
  • Flash light
  • First aid kit
  • Arnica
  • Foam Roller
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen 
  • Bug repellant 
  • Sun glasses
  • Pen/paper/book
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Rain Gear
  • winter hat
  • GoPro
  • screened canopy 
  • camp chair


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