In less than 10 hours I'll be flying out to California to run the 10th Annual Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. I couldn't be more excited for this girls trip! I haven't been to California since I was 11 and I've never been to San Fran. There is a group of 5 of us going from my running club and it's the first time for me to run this race. This week I've been trying to make a mental list of all the things i'll need to take with me to the race. I'm a little nervous I'll forget something since this is the first time i'll be flying out to a race and will be limited on transportation/shopping options. 

I keep seeing people freaking out because the BART system may be on strike which could cause a lot of race day transportation issues? I don't even know what that is, so I'll just ignore it and keep on. After all, Ignorance is Bliss, or so they say. 

About a year and a half ago I went on my first out-of-town race and ran the Oklahoma City Half Marathon. I snapped this pic while we were packing. It looks like my closet threw up a ton of running gear all over my living room floor! I can't even tell what's all in there, but I do see my toaster and a loaf of bread in that blue bag on the left! Really? Who packs a toaster?!? This kid did...

Anyways, I'm trying to avoid that for this trip. (No, I'm not taking the toaster!) My plan is to take a carry-on bag with all my race-day needs in it. This way if my other bag gets lost, at least i'll have my shoes and race essentials to complete my race. 

Sure, I may have to wear the same outfit I wore on the plane from Tulsa to San Fran for the rest of the 4 day trip, but #RedHairDontCare.

Not really, I'm sure I could buy a few shirts and things at the expo or at a shop in San Fran. They sell clothes there don't they? Someone check on that for me and let me know. K! Thanks!

Ok so here's what I'm planning on taking with me by category for all you OCD people out there! 

Non-Race Clothes
Shoes - Probably too many. 
Shirts - at least 27. Too much?
Swim Suite/Flip Flops - maybe

Race Gear
Running Shorts/Capri pants
Running Socks or Compression Socks
Running Jacket
Race Tank - Half Fanatics!
Arm Sleeves
Sweaty Band
iPod/Ear Buds
Race Belt
Hat or Visor - maybe
Body Glide or Vaseline

Race Day Nutrition
Water bottle - So I don't have to buy $45 in bottled water at the hotel
Nuun or Electrolyte Drink
Snacks for the plane
Foam Roller or Range Roller - Maybe if it fits - Probably won't
Magazines for Flight
Money - Cash and Credit Cards
Cell Phone
Chargers - Cell phone charger, Garmin charger, iPod charger
Bag for Bag Check at the race
Trash bags for wet clothes or a rainy race/rain poncho
Printed Packet Pickup Email or Voucher

Bathroom/Medicine Cabinet
Pain Meds - Tylenol or Advil
Tummy Meds - Just in case!
Anti-nausea medicine for the flight - This Ginger gets real motion sick!
Hair Brush/Hair Ties
Flat Iron - this crazy ginger hair has a mind of it's own!
Hair Dryer - maybe

So, now that I'm done packing this is what I ended up with. Although I'd like to say that my living didn't look like a crazy Oklahoma Tornado went through it right before everything was neatly placed in my suit case and backpack, sadly it did. Thank goodness for the Hubbo. He is the best at playing Tetris with all my crap and making it all fit. We'll see if I'm able to get this stuff home plus the stuff I buy at the expo. 
No, the chihuahua is not going to California with us. 

I feel like I'm forgetting something....Am I missing anything?



Debbie Bridges
10/17/2013 10:18pm

Why don't I see sneakers and sports bra under "race gear" category? You should pack a golf ball for rolling out your feet for plantar fasciitis and Epsom salt (although that might be tricky with airport security) for post run bath.

RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
10/17/2013 11:01pm

Ah! How could I forget to list those?! I assure you they are packed. I'm wearing my running shoes on the plane so there is no way I can lose those!

10/17/2013 10:57pm

Biofreeze? I love bio freeze, it's my hero! Otherwise it looks good, but like the previous commenter said-sports bra!!!

RunGingerRunBlog - Sarah
10/17/2013 11:02pm

Good call Bethany! I have a few sample packs that will be really easy to take with me!

10/19/2013 11:44am

Good luck on the race tomorrow - looks like you're all ready!

10/23/2013 1:52pm

Thanks Adam! I think the only thing I truly forgot was my face wash! Luckily, my roommate had some and let me borrow it.

06/30/2014 6:23am

Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a complete way of writing? I have a presentation incoming week, and I am on the lookout for such information.!!


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