Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ragnar DC: Packing List

Hey, wanna get in a van with five strangers, on a team with eleven total strangers, sleep a handful of hours in a 36-hour span, sleep and eat while being confined in a van, run a 4-mile race at 2 am, cover a distance of 198.9 miles throughout this adventure... and do it for fun? I thought so. Ragnar was meant for you.

Per the Ragnar website, “During the relay, each team member runs three legs, each leg ranging between three to eight miles and varying in difficulty. Each team is responsible for providing two support vehicles, with six runners in each vehicle. The first vehicle will drop off the first runner, drive ahead a few miles, cheer the runner on, and provide them with water, snacks, and plenty of love. That vehicle will then drive ahead to the first exchange point to drop off the second runner, and pick up the first runner when that leg is complete. They will repeat this pattern for six legs until they hand off to their second vehicle. This leapfrogging pattern will continue all the way to the finish line.” Sounds like a great time - count me IN (because it's too late to bail now).

I am so excited this is finally here, and really... can't believe it's already here. Considering I've been on this team since June and really cannot believe summer flew by that quickly, I'm in shock that this time next week, I'll be venturing into Maryland and gearing up for a running adventure of a lifetime. I'm already thinking about my packing list, so putting it out here so you experienced Ragnarians can help fill in the gaps as needed.

You can never get too organized for something like this!

I've seen lots of advice about packing each running ensemble into a 1-gallon Ziploc bag; that way, a) your stuff is already sorted for you and b) you can put your stinkky stuff right back in the bag! Brilliant. Each bag will contain:

  • Top 
  • Sports bra
  • Socks
  • Headband
  • Shorts
  • Underwear

Additionally, I'll have some extra personal stuff on hand:
  • Hat
  • Running jacket
  • Running tights 
  • Yoga pants for van-time lounging
  • Extra shirts for lounging
  • Fleece jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash monies
  • Camera
  • iPhone (use it as my iPod)
  • Garmin watch
  • Armband
  • Headphones
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hoodie
  • Flip-flops
  • Chapstick
  • IcyHot stick
  • Deoderant... lots of it. 
  • Power adapter/power strip (you know, we've got like 8 things charging at once!)
  • Hand-held water bottle
  • Sweat towel
  • Spare running shoes (?)
Team Stuff
Our captains have done an amazing job of getting team food stuffs in order, along with team-oriented supplies, including, but not limited to:

  • Raisins 
  • Nature Valley bars
  • Quaker chewy bars
  • Clif Bar Variety Pack
  • Animal crackers
  • Ibuprofen
  • IcyHot patches
  • Tums
  • Goldfish
  • Pudding packs
  • Pretzels
  • Pop Tarts
  • Cereal
  • Gatorade 
  • Yoohoo
  • Additional water bottles
  • Bagels
  • Batteries
  • Bananas
  • Starbucks doubleshots (caffeine is necessary, duh)
  • Tissue boxes/packs
  • Vaseline
  • Bandaids
  • Apples/other fresh fruit 
  • Babywipes/wet wipes (for "showers")
  • Cookies
I realize this looks like SO much food, but even looking at it, I'm pretty confident that over 36 hours, 12 of us can polish this ish off. Right? Right. We decided, given that everyone's refueling tastes are so different, that we were each individually responsible for bringing our own refueling items of choice. Mine? Jelly Belly Sport Chews and Gu Chews, of which I'll bring an awesome variety, given that I don't want to OD on any particular flavor in such a short time-frame!

Race Essentials
  • Race bibles (1 per van)
  • Reflective vests (6 per van) 
  • Runner lights 
  • First-aid kit
  • Maps/Course maps/Exchange locations 
  • Van decorating supplies! Duh!

Anything else we need to be sure to bring? Anything I'm personally missing?