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Do you know what week it is?! It’s Ragnar Week!!! The highly anticipated event is just days away. And yes, I’m pretty stoked. Have I trained enough? Who knows? Am I scared? No. Not yet, at least. That may hit me when I’m on the trail, in the dead of night, under the full moon, all by myself. The super cool thing is that my team is all about fun. So, fast or slow, we’re just out there to have a good time. And right now I’m excited to see all of our planning come together for the event.
Something we hear over and over is, “Do not over pack!” While I’ve never been known to over pack for anything I’m also the type to be prepared for anything that may come my way. Because, let’s keep it real, who knows what’s going to happen out there! Of course we’ve got to do up our campsite with decorations, but my plan is to keep things as simple and basic as possible. So here are some items that are topping my list….
**Want a printable checklist for yourself? Check out my Ragnar Packing List Google Document.
Fall has finally arrived in Phoenix. That means highs in the 80s (and even 90s still) and lows in the 50s to 60s. How in the world do you dress for that? One thing’s for sure, I’ll be bringing both Columbia Omnifreeze Zero AND Omniheat. My Women’s Freeze Degree 1/2 Zip, Millennium Flash Shell Jacket, and Women’s Mighty Lite Vest III will all be coming with me.
Long runs also call for longer shorts so I’ll definitely be sporting my Road Runner Sports 8″ Compression Shorts.
I’ve also recently upgraded my headlamp to the 90 Lumen Black Diamond Spot to light up the night.
Making the switch to my Pearl Izumi EM Trail N2 shoes was a perfect choice a couple months ago. Just last week Salomon sent my a pair of their Sense Mantra trail shoes to test out. Since I’ve already put some miles in on the Sense Mantras, and it’s never a bad idea to have 2 pair of shoes, I’ll be bringing both along.
Being on the trail, it’s always important to protect your legs, but even more so here in Arizona. Why? Because we have jumping cholla cactus. If you get close enough they will latch on and it’s not pretty. Because of that, and in an attempt to keep my legs as fresh as possible, my Pro Compression socks and sleeves are on the list.
When it comes to food I tend to eat the same things day in and day out….and I like to keep things as simple as possible. The same will go for race day. Simple PB & J, my “camp version” of overnight oats, along with ClifBars and Clif Fuel will be my staples.
We’ll have a tent for changing, a table for food, chairs, and a canopy for shade, but otherwise that’s pretty much it. Like I said, I know some teammates plan to bring a a few other camping items, but not me. I’m hoping to fit everything (other than decorations) in my Columbia Endura 35 Pack, and plan on catching whatever sleep I can in my Columbia Reactor 35 Mummy II Sleeping Bag. Since we’ll be sleeping under the stars on packed dirt/sand I’ll also be bringing along a pool float for padding. Hey, it’s cheap, quick, easy, packable, and disposable if need be. (Shout out to Heidi for giving me the tip).
I pride myself on disconnecting when I’m out hiking and enjoying the outdoors, but when it comes to this event things will be a little different. Due to the length of time and need for safety we definitely have to stay connected. Not to mention, we want to share it live with all of you through social media, right?! Unfortunately electric power will not be available to runners so we’re trying something else. We’re going solar powered! Using Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger, Guide 10 Plus Battery Pack, and the Nomad 7 Solar Panel we should all be powered throughout the entire race. This will be my first experience trying out Goal Zero gear, but from the amount of time I’ve played around with it at home I’m impressed. Way cool.
Of course I can’t forget my Garmin, Body Glide, cowbell, and other odds and ends, but this should have me covered. If you’re not already following me on Twitter and Instagram, you better update your feeds because I have no doubt in my mind, this is going to be one heck of an experience. Is it race day yet?!
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What’s your favorite go-to piece of clothing/technology for your workouts?
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With Christmas right around the corner I wanted to share with you my “Favorite Things”. I’ve tried to include all of my basics that I depend on for every workout. I’m not a label whore, so name brands aren’t a must have. I’ve gone through many styles, brands, trial and error to find what works for me, and find that my favorites change as new items are produced or with new products I try….but these are my current favs. So, without further ado….
My hat of choice is the Nike Thermal Running Skullcap. It fits my head perfectly and has the sloping design that helps fully cover my ears. It’s not bulky, but keeps the wind out. In addition, it has a small opening in the back for your ear bud wires to enter. I’ve never used this feature, but it seems pretty smart to me. Unfortunately I’ve had this for a few years and I haven’t found anything to replace it when the time comes. Still looking….
For warmer weather runs I take to the Bondi Band. It’s basically a hip sweatband. They have all different patterns, fabrics, and styles. It definitely helps to keep my hair and sweat out of my eyes. A must have for sure.
For rainy weather runs I absolutely love my Rev3Tri visor from HeadSweats. I never thought I’d like running in a visor, but it’s perfect when you don’t want rain falling into your eyes. I’m surprised how much I like it and am taking to it more and more.
My running tanks are so variable that it’s hard to mark down what I absolutely love. However, I have definitely found a pullover for winter that rocks. It’s the C9 by Champion® Long-Sleeve Fleece Athletic Top at Target. I’m telling you, Target has some awesome active wear. I have multiple items from there and they all rank VERY high on my items I wear while working out. I’d highly recommend checking out their selection. And then when you can catch them on sale, that’s even better!
Alright guys, you better skip this one, but I’m sure the ladies will appreciate it. Having a right fitting bra is number 1 when it comes to my wardrobe. That’s no different when it comes to workout gear. I searched high and low for a bra that would work and the Nike Pro Bra. Bras are always an issue for me. Although some may be surprised, I am a larger chested girl. Not only that, I’m also small around, which makes it that much more difficult to find bras that fit/work. In addition I have a condition where I absolutely need good support. The “experts: say I should wear an encapsulated sports bra, but one in my size doesn’t exist and doesn’t provide the support I need. This is where the Nike bra comes in. I went with the XS, which personally I think is crazy. Looking at it off of my body, it looks like it should be a kids bra. It’s an interesting feat to get into and out of. I’m now used to it, but the first few times I put it on it literally took the wind out of me. Those suckers aren’t moving. The bottom line, and I’m not joking, if it weren’t for this bra I wouldn’t be able run. When deciding what to where for triathlons I’ve also decided to go with this as my “swimsuit” too.
After signing up for my first triathlon my next purchase was a wetsuit. Unsure if doing a triathlon was a one-time deal I didn’t want to break the bank. An Xterra Vortex Wetsuit fit the bill. It was affordable and worked perfectly for what I needed.
No big surprise here, but the Garmin Forerunner 205 ranks high on my list. D calls it my crutch. Unfortunately it does tend to be. At the same time though, it helps me keep my pace and know how I’m doing in my run/ride and how far I’ve gone. It keeps everything organized, which is perfect for my OCD. In the future I hope to upgrade to something that also provides a heart monitor.
If you run outside, especially by yourself, then you need the identification. Currently I use a Road ID however, I just ordered a 1BandID. It will fit onto my Garmin band and is one less thing to worry about putting on. (Review coming later). Having identification is kind of like insurance, it seems pointless until you need it. I hope that it never has to be used, but it’s there and gives me peace of mind.
On short runs I often don’t use hydration, but when I go out for the long haul I make sure I take something along. When I started training for the half marathon I kept my options open. I finally decided on the Nathan Quickdraw Plus. It holds just the right amount of water I need and has a pouch that I often use for my iPod on long training runs.
For all of my other crap that I take out on long runs/rides (cell phone, keys, etc.) I use the SPIBelt. Just like the Bondi Band is a hip sweatband, the SPIBelt is a hip fanny pack. It’s so tiny, but being made out of spandex allows it to stretch to your needs, which doesn’t feel bulky. In addition, it stays put instead of bouncing up and down like a typically fanny pack. It’s crazy how much stuff you can put in it.
I absolutely love Nike’s Tempo Track Running Short I love them so much that I have 5+ pair. After many tries with different brands and styles this is what I have settled on. They have the typically running brief inside, but don’t ride up your crack. And they come in a ton of colors. It’s as though they are constantly introducing new colors. I’m still experimenting with tri/bike shorts, so I’ll let you know when I find my match.
The Adidas Astro Pant are my pant of choice. They’re not as tight as tights, which I also have. Not being too tight allows me to use these to wear over my shorts when heading to the gym. Or I can put on another layer under them during cold weather. At the same time, they aren’t super loose either. The legs taper but have the back zippers allowing for a slight flair when you’re not running. Out of all my pants I find myself wearing these most and grabbing for them first.
Some individuals may not understand the need for Body Glide. Body Glide is an anti-chafing product. You place it in any place where you chafe and you’re good to go. Originally I did not like the first time I used it. It made me sticky, which was totally the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Needless to say it found itself in the junk drawer. However, I have found that it is a must-have when I’m running in the gym. I’ve tried to explain the use of this product to several women and they kind of look at me like I’m crazy. Having my target area for Body Glide be my inner thighs, they look at me and say, “I don’t have that problem.” I have some pretty big thighs, something I absolutely hate, and attribute to being a bigger kid and riding horses. At the same time I never thought I’d be in the minority for having this “problem.” Heck, maybe I’m not but everyone I talk to about rubbing thighs doesn’t seem to have the problem. That aside, this product rocks and not so wet as Vaseline. But it all honesty, when you’re chafing you’ll take anything that relieves it, including straight up Vaseline.
On to socks! After Asics recently changed the design of their sock I loved I had to search for something new. By process of elimination, my new favorite running sock is Under Armour Grippy II. I think they are so awesome. Just the right thickness, enough heel coverage to prevent chafing but still considered no-show. I was a bit worried about the grippy part on the bottom of the sock, thinking it might irritate my feet, but this wasn’t found to be the case. I’ve tried other brands and they just don’t do it for me. They keep my feet too hot. Some are too thin. Some too thick. I dig these Under Armour socks.I’ll end with my shoes, Mizuno Wave Riders. I started out running in trail shoes. Looking back I have no idea how I did it. They were flat, hard, and heavy. I remember walking in and getting fit for my first official pair of running shoes. They looked at me like I was crazy for previously using trail shoes to run in. They were surprised to see that I hadn’t killed myself yet in them. Heck, I didn’t know any different. And as with everything else, shoes aren’t the easiest for me to buy. My feet are long but narrow. Nothing seems to fit just right. But when I slid my first pair of Mizunos on I knew they were the shoe. They fit like a glove. Every time I place my feet in those shoes I find why I love them all over again. I’m on my fifth paid of Mizunos and love them just as much as my first.
Do you have any favorites that I should try??
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