• What to Pack for an Overnight Running Relay

    May 14, 2012

    Ahhhhhh! Reach the Beach is in just four days!! I am pumped for it! 200 miles in 24 hours? Bring it on!

    Be sure to follow our team’s adventures on Twitter with the hashtag #teamoffbalance. Our Twitter handle is @RTBoffbalance. (We’re really excited, so we’ve already started tweeting!)

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    As you can imagine, packing for this kind of race isn’t an easy task, especially since you need to be prepared to run multiple times in all sorts of conditions during the 24 hours, including the middle of night. So what the heck do you pack for this type of event? Here’s my packing list for Reach the Beach:

    Clothing

    Everyone on the team runs three different legs, so I’m planning to pack three different pairs of running clothes, one for each leg. Basically, I don’t want to wear sweaty running gear longer than needed. In between legs, I plan to change into comfy clothes (sweatpants, flip flops, etc.) before changing into my running gear. There’s often a lot of downtime while you wait for the other van to finish running their legs, so I want to be as comfortable as possible.

    • Running sneakers
    • 2 running shirts
    • 2 running tanks
    • 1 pair of shorts
    • 2 pairs of capris
    • 1 long-sleeve running shirt (in case the overnight legs are chilly)
    • 1 pair of sweatpants
    • 2 cotton/comfy shirts
    • 1 pair of flip flops
    • 1 lightweight jacket
    • 4 pairs of socks
    • 1 pair of compression socks
    • 6 sports bras
    • 1 regular bra
    • 4 pair of undies

    Gear

    Various members of our team are bringing head lamps, reflective vests, and other safety gear to share between the two vans, so I’m not specifically packing these things, but I figured they were important to mention as part of what to pack. Here’s what I am packing for my personal running gear:

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    Food

    New Balance is supplying the majority of food and water for our team, and we’ll also have time to stop for a couple of real meals as well as iced coffee (priorities) while the other half of our team is running their legs. But since we’re running three legs at various times throughout the 24 hours, I want to be prepared to eat when my stomach starts to grumble, so I’m packing a few of my favorite foods. Here’s what I’m bringing:

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    Electronics

    We’re an all-blogger team, so, of course, we need to document and tweet the crap out of out adventures. Go Team Off Balance! The car chargers are going to be key during this relay.

    • Camera
    • iPhone
    • Car charger for iPhone

    Toiletries

    • Sunblock
    • Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes (for freshening up after each leg)
    • Towel
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toliet paper (in case the portapotties run out)

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    Miscellaneous

    • Pillow & blanket (for sleeping in the van)
    • Markers (for decorating the van)
    • Trash bags (the van gets messy)
    • Paper towels (the van gets messy)
    • Plastic knives (for peanut butter)
    • Plastic bags (for sweaty clothes)
    • Banana costume (to be worn by every member of Team Off Balance)

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    For those of you who have run overnight relays, what am I missing?

    Workout

    I haven’t seen much of Mal lately (I was away most of last week, he was gone all weekend, and I’m away again this week), so we planned to skip CrossFit and hang out together tonight.

    Today’s WOD involved some crazy-sounding things like Burpee Dead Lifts and Burpee Power Cleans, so I decided to go to the 12:30 class this afternoon. The workout sounded just too fun to pass up.

    Strength:

    Clean Pull: 3-3-3-3-3. 105% of Max Power Clean.

    WOD:

    5 rounds for time of:

    4 Burpee Dead Lifts
    3 Burpee Power Cleans
    2 Burpee Squat Cleans
    1 Burpee Clean and Jerk

    Rx: (155, 105)
    L2: (135, 95)
    L1: (115, 75)

    I’m still working on getting my form down on Cleans, so I opted for the Level 1 weight (75 pounds) today—and I’m so glad that I did because I really struggled with the Burpee Squat Cleans. My legs were on fire during the 4th and 5th rounds, so it was so much more difficult to keep good form when I started to get tired. I finished in 10:07.

    Lunch

    Today’s lunch was basically two big snacks—one eaten before CrossFit and one eaten after—with an iced coffee mixed in. Before CrossFit, I ate an egg and cheese sandwich.

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    After CrossFit, I drove around running a million different errands, which involved driving by a Marylou’s, so I popped in to grab a Peanut Butter Wonderful iced coffee.

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    My errands also included picking up my “new” jeans from Nordstrom. It cost just $14 to get them hemmed, so it’s like getting a new pair of “short” jeans for super cheap. Nordstrom did a great job with the hemming. It was totally worth the money.

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    When I got home, I whipped up a smoothie with frozen mango, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, and coconut milk. Holy yum.

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    Now, I’m taking the pug for a walk and then I’m drinking wine on the porch with Mal.

    Enjoy the evening, guys!

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    Vikki May 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Bring an extra set of running shoes. I did Portland to Coast last year and I changed shoes for each leg. No blisters! And my feet felt better with the change. We slept in a field so a sleeping bag was a must – and even though it was near summer, I needed a hat and mittens. It was very dewy the next morning so I wished I had a tarp or plastic cover. We had to roll everything up wet and put it away. Yuck! Headlamp for the night visit to the portapotties is a must!

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    Sweetp2U May 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    You should be so stoked! I’ve done that race twice with EMS team. I’d bring a therma rest and a sleeping bag. Lots of stops where you can take a cat nap. Rained both years i did it? Soggy and pickled hands and feet. Good socks and a pair of glove liners work well. Have fun-great race!

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    Chris September 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I just happened to stumble upon your blog as I’m running the NH RTB this Friday. Thank you so much for your list! Why did I not think of toilet paper?!

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    Don August 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    For the NH relay bring a lot of food especially for the end of the race. They serve cheap cold Mexican food. The food is terrible, eat at a local restaurant.

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