Happy Memorial Day! Ragnar Chicago is coming up in 2 weeks, and it’s time to start planning the details!
Packing List – The Obvious
- 3 separate running outfits (top, sports bra, shorts, socks).
- Store each of these in Gallon-size ziploc bags. You want to contain the stink.
- 2-3 pairs of shoes depending on how hard you run in them. You are going to be running 3 times in 36 hours. You’ll want dry shoes that are not pounded down by your feet from your last run 8 hours ago.
Packing List – The Details:
- Clothes to chill in. These may be ‘fun & spiritful’ and you’ll probably want comfy clothes too. Think about day & night.
- Face Wipes and/or ShowerPill wipes. I used ShowerPill last year and loved them! Read Kim’s review here. You don’t want to be stewing in your dried out sweat for 36 hours.
- Flip Flops or Crocs — for chilling in
- Recovery tools – the “ball” or the stick to roll out & help you recover for your next leg
- Compression sleeves – help those calves recover!!
- Handheld water bottle — it’s hot out there in June!
- Sunglasses, hat/ visor
- Gu’s / Chomps for each leg. Plan on them even if it’s just a 3-4 mile leg… you never know when you might need them!
- Jacket for night time.
- Blanket to use for stretching out on when you’re waiting for your other van to arrive.
- Any personal snacks / beverages that are “musts” for you(see below)
Packing List – Coordinate with your Team:
- A water plan. Ragnar does not provide water, so you should bring enough for your team. My team buys several cases of water bottles so that we have enough for the entire event.
- Snacks – salty, sweet, mix. I also find it’s a good idea to get a sense of what your team might buy, so you can bring anything else you personally want. My faves: Pringles, swedish fish, and some sort of recovery/protein drink.
- Van Decorations. Many teams decorate their vans — don’t be the only van without any spirit!
- Potentially team shirts. It may be a little late for this, and I’m not the biggest advance planner, but team shirts always make for a good showing!
- If you haven’t tried doing any doubles, see if you can run a “double day” sometime the week before Ragnar (not the week that Ragnar is in).
- Whenever possible, try to get your runs in during the heat of the day. You never known what the day will throw at you, and it’s hardest to run hard when you’re not acclimated to the heat.
- Eat well. For the few days before the event, try to eat what you normally eat, and get extra water.
- Pamper your body. Roll, stretch, etc. You’ll be cramped up in a van w/ 6 other people, so work out any kinks now!
- Read the Ragnar Guide (aka the Bible). Especially if you don’t know much about how the event works, it’s good to get a sense of what’s going on! You’ll learn why you’re going to be wearing a sweaty slap bracelet while you’re running!