Packing for a half marathon

9 Aug

Tonight will mark the first time I’ve ever slept in an unfamiliar bed the night before a race! That means I’ll have to pack anything and everything I think I might possibly maybe need just in case between now and the post-race drive back home. I am a firm believe in the “Just In Case Bag.” What’s that? An extra bag packed with stuff you might find yourself in need of. Maybe it’s because my mother (hi, Mom!) has espoused the motto of “Better safe than sorry” for as long as I can remember, or maybe it’s my own anxiety of being miles away when plans change or I suddenly think I’d prefer a different pair of shoes. When my husband and I were dating long distance, the Just In Case Bag became a staple in all of our travels. To this day, he asks if I need to pack one before we hit the road.

The answer is yes. Yes, I do.

We are heading up North tonight in preparation for tomorrow’s Camp Chingachgook Challenge Half Marathon and I’ve made to sure to pack everything I definitely need as well as things I might need. You know, just in case.

Here’s the stuff I need for tonight and for the race tomorrow:


That’s actually kind of a lot of stuff…

Just the essentials, of course. I’ve got a foam roller and Foot Rubz massage ball, pajamas, and toiletries for relaxing tonight. For race day, I’ve got my sunscreen, runglasses, #RunChat tattoo, Garmin watch, Body Glide, Brooks Pure Cadence shoes, Pro Compression Marathon Socks, Boston Strong BIC Band, Reebok tank, Brooks PR Skort, long sleeve shirt for the morning, Stride Box hydration bottle, nuun, Gu, Clif Builder’s Bar (for post-race), and Nathan Swift hydration belt. There’s chapstick and safety pins in the belt pocket. (Not pictured – sports bra and runderpants.)

The forecast is 60 degrees (F) and sunny at start time, moving up to 70 by the time the race ends.

Here’s what’s in the Just In Case Bag:


I mean, what if I change my mind?

There’s an extra race outfit and then some in there. Another Brooks skort, Under Armour tank top, Under Armour heat-gear t-shirt, extra sports bra, Smart Wool running socks, Under Armour loose capris (for relaxing, not racing), Saucony Mirage II’s, Runner’s World September issue, and yes….that’s an extra bag. Just in case I want to do the bag check. Not pictured are my other pair of Pro Compression Marathon socks because I’m wearing them.

And finally, here’s my collection of bags:


This is just for one day, guys.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got everything covered. I better, because we are actually on the road now and there’s no turning back now!

I still can’t believe I’m about to run a half marathon tomorrow. Even more so, the reality that it is my third within one year has not set in. This summer has been challenging for training and I’m worried I haven’t done enough hills this time around. Now is not the time to dwell on those things – it’s all about enjoying the run now and trusting my mind and body to carry me through.

Here goes…


One Response to “Packing for a half marathon”

  1. courage2run August 10, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    I love this! One day I’ll be packing for my first half, and your post motivated me to get moving! 🙂

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