|Jackie, Laurie and Caitlin|
- Sign up with at least one friend - you are going to want a familiar face out on the course and to maybe cry a little too in between/after legs (I was lucky to have 5, and meet 6 more).
- Pack only enough to fit into a backpack, or small duffel, and still have clean underwear/sportsbra/shirts/socks for each leg (3 usually), as well as emergency weather apparal (something warm, something cool). The pants aren't a necessity to pack 3 or 4, but I would recommend at least 2. Deodorant, hair brush, toothbrush & paste (or wisps), extra hair ties/hats, gloves, Garmin, sneakers & flip flops - definitely some flip flops to chill out in, a towel and a blanket & pillow.
- Do not pack an immense amount of pre-cooked food, just the necessities - it not only takes up a lot of room in the already crowded vans, but it smells up the already smelly vans, and you will not feel good running after devouring it (if you even do eat it). Bagels & PB, bananas, granola bars, Luna Bars :), and trail mix (or GORP) work very well for in van snacks/food.
- Plan to stop at least once, probably twice for "real meals" so you can get out of the van during your "off" legs and stretch out and digest and just plain chill. Plan to stop a couple more times if you have a port-a-potty phobia...on second thought, DO NOT sign up if you have a port-a-potty phobia, for everyone's sake.
- If you think one case of water and one case of gatorade is enough, you're wrong...think at least two cases of water, and i guess one case of gatorade is fine (unless it is super hot, and then you need need those electrolytes!)
- Never leave home without a magic stick or foam roller...we may or may not have had two magic sticks in our van
- Always have more than 2 sets of night equipment - have a minimum of 2 sets per van (complete sets, trust me on that one - sweaty vests and headlamps are not my idea of fun).
- Bring van paint and decorations, trust me - you will want to blast your team name, mantras and theme ALL over the vans! Or else you might feel like a stalker in a white van, telling kids you have candy in the back and they should get in....
- Have fun with it - you don't need to kill yourself running out there, it is a TEAM event, and your teammates will work with you to get you through it - trust them, trust yourself, and have fun!
- Make sure you take your time on recovery - this type of pounding on your body requires a marathon-like recovery....do not do any high intensity for at least 4 days post race, and even then take the following 7 days easy - cross-train, jog slow, elliptical....
|LUNA bar heaven - makes a great post-race snack/pre-race breakfast|
|Oranges are great post-racing if you can't get food in...also keep |
your night gear together, so it is easily accessible at 2 AM when you are
fumbling around for it before a 8 miler
Have you ever signed up for a 200-mile + relay? How did you like it? Would you do another one?
I have now signed up for and completed 2....they are one of those things you question yourself about all throughout and love yourself and the runners high when you are done with it. They are a gratifying experience, and if you love team sports, it is a fantastic way to incorporate team into running! I would definitely do this one again, still contemplating signing up for the Ragnar one in two weeks, and would love to try Reach the Beach and Hood to Coast at some point in life - so if anyone needs a runner for those, please contact me :)
What is your favorite race day snacks?
I love dry cereal, GORP, and LUNA Bars during relays, dry cereal is my go to before a race and LUNA bars are great recovery options post racing, and oranges are great post race if you have trouble getting food in/down just after a race.