Quick Tip: MUST HAVE Race Day Travel Bag

Happy Tuesday!! I woke up feeling 1000x better today. It’s amazing what sleep can do.

i need my beauty sleep

I’m going to do my strength session for March in a bit and then spend some time with the foam roller. My quads are kinda sore.

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Outside of that I’m feeling okay after the LA Marathon but it’s still very important to rest after a race. I asked Coach Kastor about this and he made a really great point and I wanted to share some thoughts on Why you should rest after a race…

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You rest after a race not because of what you did on race day necessarily, but because of the 12 to 16 weeks of training you just did. You put your body through a lot over those months! It’s a lot of compiled stress / work and now it’s time to rest and recover.

So, even though you may feel ‘all-right’ or even ‘good’ – you owe your body care in the form of some rest and recovery days.

Breakfast – Oats in a jar. (I didn’t really like this PB but I’m not a big coconut person.)

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Yesterday I didn’t even look at my suitcase, but today I have to unpack and wash everything. Then, I have to repack on Thursday.

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Anyway. Unpacking reminded me of a great tip I wanted to share. This is a good idea if you are traveling for a race but really, it is helpful and can relieve  that “did I forget something??!” feeling for any race.

Quick Tip Tuesday


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I keep my electronics in one gallon size plastic bag. Write all the things you need on that bag with a sharpie. That way you won’t accidentally forget a charger or something.

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Question: How are you doing today?

Got a tip to share??


  1. says

    Thanks for the great tips! I love the idea of writing everything you need right on the bag. I’m a list person and usually have about 8 lists of things I need to remember floating around. This helps!

  2. says

    That’s a great idea writing on the Ziploc bag! I’ll have to remember that!

    PS. I love watching Honey Boo Boo and my husband refuses to be in the same room when I’m watching. I can’t help it that I love bad reality television. :)

  3. says

    I do the exact same thing and I also throw extra large ziplock bags in there and then after the race I have bags to throw my stinky clothes in. :)

  4. The Silent Assassin says

    Monica!!! LMAO!!! I can stare at that honey boo boo all day! hahaha. That seriously made me spit out my water. That make my day! Thanks for that! I like the baggie idea! I will borrow that. I have a bag I keep all my stuff in, but seeing a checklist is much better. BTW, I didn’t see any body glide? Thanks again for the laughs!

  5. says

    What a great idea! Why have I never thought of this?! Thanks!

    Thanks for pointing out the need for rest; I hurt myself a couple years ago because my mileage was too much for my poor shins and even though I didn’t feel terrible, I should have been resting more than I was. Paid for that by being sidelined for a couple weeks. It’s important to rest even when my brain tells me I dont have to. Thanks!

  6. says

    Loving the writing-on-the-bag idea and will surely do that in the future. I always end up forgetting something (usually the most important thing) and freaking out the morning of the race.

  7. says

    That’s a great idea to list everything in the ziploc bag. The last time I traveled, I was so unorganized, I forgot my phone charger, tooth brush and toothpaste. I’m usually not that forgetful, I swear.

  8. says

    A ziploc bag is genius! I use one of my previous race bags like the ones Rock n Roll give you at the Expo to store my race gear. Oh yeah, one tip I have is ALWAYS carry tissue or kleenex for nose running or porta potty.

  9. says

    Oooh, great tip about the sharpie on the ziploc bag! In a few weeks’ time I’m doing the first race I’ll have to travel from home for, and this might make me a tiny bit less likely to forget something really important. Except it’ll probably be something that doesn’t fit in the bag – like my running shoes.

  10. says

    What a great idea to use a gallon bag for that! Then everything you need is ready to go and you don’t just have to do the night before lay everything out. Totally keeping this in mind for my ½ marathon in Boston in May which will require a cross-country travel! NO forgetting anything!

  11. says

    That’s an AWESOME tip! I usually make a list and check it off, but that saves time of wondering if I remembered to pack something or not!

    I always make a “morning of” list to check off, to make sure I don’t forget stuff I have to use in the morning before leaving and then pack!

  12. says

    My tip: if you forget a phone charger ask the front desk! When I was away last weekend my friend forgot hers and the concierge had a huge collection (from all you poor suckers that forgot yours in the room, haha).

  13. says

    love the plastic bag with sharpie tip! I swear I’m always scared of forgetting something, and usually just throwing things in my carry on or backpack for races. I’m going to try this next time!

  14. says

    Travel tip – I’m a huge fan of making lists so when I know I’ll be going on a trip I start a list of things to bring several days in advance – that way I have time to remember all of the little things I’m forgetting.

  15. says

    How long do you rest after a Half?
    How long do you wait after a Half to race again.

    I had a 10 mile before my half that was cancelled and rescheduled for a week after my Half … Will it be OK to race a week after my Half?

    What do you recommend I do in the week in between? Cross and stretching? Strength?

    Your input would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Tara says

    socks? My husband forgot to pack his running socks last time we traveled for a half. it was either he wear his black mid calf socks or wear a pair of my socks. It wasnt pretty. but I know he will never forget again!

  17. says

    Love the idea of having the list on the ziplock — brilliant. I don’t remember the last time I went on a vacation and didn’t have a “damn it!” moment on my way to the airport…

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