It can be tough to figure out what to pack when you’re traveling to a foreign country for a 24-hour race. Luggage space is at a premium, given all the baggage charges and general hassle with multiple suitcases. Besides the obvious stuff like team uniform, shoes, gels, and protein/carb powders, I do have a few must haves that will be in my luggage for the 2012 World Race in Poland:
4. Cranberry pills. General kidney health.
5. Bandana. I only want one in a race when I don’t have one. Good if the weather is hot to wrap around your neck.
6. Sponges. Same as No. 5
7. Sunscreen. It seems rather obvious to bring, but not to me. I rarely run when the sun is up. I feel like a vampire. I’m either running before sunrise or after sunset. I usually forget to put any sunscreen on during these 24-hour races and pay for it later.
8. Duct tape. You never know what you might need it for. I’ll be marking all my stuff with it (a nice hot pink color) as the crew will be trying to keep track of 12 runners at once in a very small area. I’m sure before the race is over, someone will need the duct tape for something else!
9. US Flag. Good to hang in our aid station so it’s easy to find. This year, there will be 36 countries, which means 36 aid stations. Since the aid stations are set up alphabetically, the US is usually last IF the host country is using the English spelling. In any event, it’s always nice to have a reference point every lap.
10. Good luck charms. These change with every race but I have a few packed. I will post pictures of them after the race if they bring me luck!