Happy Friday everyone! If you’ve been here before then you know that I love to travel and that racecations are my favorite. The Mr. and I are constantly looking for places to explore and I’m always searching for races in those places.
Some of my favorite racecations include Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in SLC, the NYC Marathon and the San Francisco Half Marathon although I’m really looking forward to racing in Scotland next month.
Today I’m sharing my top racecation must haves. You’ll notice there aren’t any gear items in my list because I think that is a personal choice.
Over the years and through lots of trial and error I’ve found a couple things that I just keep in my travel bag and that never let me down.
Plastic Garbage Bag
This is the perfect item for a chilly, windy or rainy race start. You can stay dry or warm while you wait and it doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase. The best part is that if you don’t use it before the race you can certainly use it after for all your smelly, sweaty clothes.
These items have saved my life numerous times and are must haves. There is nothing worse then going into a race not feeling well or finishing a race and having to find items in a new city when all you want to do is sit down and bask in post race endorphins.
- Motrin, Aspirin, Charcoal Tablets, etc.
- Body Glide & Body Glide Relief
Nuun & Picky Bars
Nuun is the easiest way for me to stay hydrated when we travel. I tend to carry one regular flavor and one caffeinated flavor with me on all of our trips. I really enjoy the cherry limeade flavor on race mornings because it has a little caffeine.
I can’t rave about Picky Bars enough. They are delicious, nutritious and made for athletes. I find them to be ideal for snacking while traveling or before a race. I also love that you can buy them online or in stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes. I like having them on hand for all of our trips.
Pre Race & Post Race Meals
One of the struggles of traveling for a race is knowing what to eat when you aren’t at home. My advice is try out some places or options that will also be available in your race city. My go to place is Chipotle because I can get white rice, chicken, pico de gallo and guacamole. I also do well with grilled chicken, baked potato with butter and steamed veggies which is available at nearly every steakhouse. These are foods my body is used to processing before a race and long run.
Even if you have an iron stomach, I think it’s important to figure out where you are going to eat your pre and post race meals. I also like to take things a step further and try to make reservations at those places. This saves you being hungry then getting grumpy while you wait for a table along with tons of other people in town for the event.
What are your favorite must have items for a destination race?