We are in Napa/Sonoma this weekend relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous weather (and semi celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary!). We have a long weekend full of exploring vineyards, wine tasting and some yummy food – I can’t wait to share all about my trip
Also while in Napa, I will be running my 4th half marathon on Sunday. It’s the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon with Team Challenge!
Since all of my big races (to date) have been out of the state and have required long distance travel, I wanted to share with you my packing list for out of town races.
I know most of it seems pretty self-explanatory, but trust me on this – you do not want to forget any of your running gear at home! Traveling for races is a little challenging to begin with so I hope this checklist makes it a little easier for you guys.
Here are a few other tips for race travel:
- Pack you running shoes and essential running gear in your carry-on bag. Not having your running shoes at the race would definitely start the race off on the wrong foot!
- Don’t count on purchasing certain items at the expo. From my experience you never know how big or crowded an expo will be. A couple of my races have been super small (ie no expo) and in NOLA we got there shortly before it closed so it was chaotic and most booths were a disaster zone. If you need it that bad, bring it with you.
- Plan something to eat for breakfast on race morning. I usually bring a packet or two of Justin’s Peanut Butter to slather on a piece of bread in the morning (I’ve also put it on a granola bar too!).Bring something easy that you can make in the room and you know your stomach can handle.
- Scope out a grocery store/drug store close to your hotel before you leave. It’s great to have a place to stop to get bottled water (to hydrate before the race) or any other stuff that might pop up (like a banana or bread for race morning breakfast)
Here is my list! You can download it through Google Docs here.