January 2, 2014

Packing for Dopey Challenge

We've previously talked about packing for runDisney race weekends here and here, but for those of you running Dopey Challenge, it's a bit of a different animal.  4 races presents a unique challenge, both physical and in terms of daily preparation.  We did a bit of brainstorming and put together some of our best ideas and tips for ensuring we are well-prepared while we're on the road for completing Dopey's grand challenge.

1. Pack 4 of everything, when it comes to running clothes.  This means 4 pairs of socks, sports bras, shorts, etc.  Lisa suggests packing each race outfit in its own Ziploc bag to ensure you have everything and we love this idea for Dopey!  You may be tempted to wash things in the hotel room sink but Florida can be humid and things may not dry properly in your room.

2. Bring a foam roller or stick.  You'll want to work out any muscle kinks each day to stay loose.  This has never been much of a priority for me like it will be for Dopey.  You can assume there will be mandatory rolling and stretching sessions chez Keenan at the Poly!

3. Pack your chargers.  I normally don't worry about my iPod or Garmin chargers too much on a race weekend as I bring everything fully charged but with 4 races that will drain your electronics, you had best include these.  There would be nothing worse than showing up for the marathon without music or a pace tracking device that you're accustomed to using.  Remember Pam's experience from the Donald half last year?  Let's not repeat that one, shall we?! I also recommend bringing two sets of headphones.....you never know when one might act up and having a spare is like insurance to make sure all goes well with your music!

4. Fuel up!  With four races, you will want to make sure you pack any of the fuel you'll need for races.  There are aid stations at both the half and full, but if you're OCD like us, you want to make sure you're using your preferred fuel that you tested during training.

5. Prepare to hydrate.  We bring our own water bottles with us so that we can stay hydrated around the parks and elsewhere.  We also tuck in Nuun tablets and Gatorade powder singles packs to get some electrolytes as well.  Disney resorts sell Powerade but that can get expensive, so we bring our own!

6. Double the running shoes.  You'll want to bring two pairs of shoes so you can rotate them and they'll have time to air out and the cushion can bounce back a bit.  I also plan to bring another pair of sneakers and flip flops for park walking to give my feet a break from my running shoes.

7. Bring the medicine cabinet.  There is specific guidance about the pain relievers that are safe to take before/after running, but that's not exactly what we're talking about here.  I'm thinking icy hot or another muscle rub, foot cream (we love the h2o+ mint foot rub), and some epsom salts, aka anything that you generally use after a long run.  I know we'll be staying off our feet after the half and I plan to take very good care of my feet after each race.

8. Plastic...it makes ice baths possible.  I always toss extra plastic bags (the grocery sac variety) into my bag for dirty clothes or other random things.  I'll also be packing some of the giant ziplocs to use for hauling ice from the ice machine for a good old ice bath.  Plus I may need a giant dirty clothes bag after all those races are done!

Do you have any packing tips?
{Christine}

22 comments:

  1. I like to use the souvenir shopping bags as ice packs-I'm classy like that. And since it's 4 races, I'm bringing old foil blankets. I can't bear to toss sweatshirts.

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  2. I LOVE racecation packing! ;) << Sarcasm haha

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  3. These are great tips, even for Non-Dopey runners. I'm going to use several of these myself!

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  4. Great tips, for any race that is! But I'll definitely be bookmarking this post for when I do Dopey next year!

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  5. This isn't really race specific, but when I travel I always back all my chargers for my devices in a large ziplock bag. It just seems I have so many (phone, Garmin, ipod, tablet) and I have a fear that I will forget one at the hotel. If I keep them in a ziplock bag than I know where each one belongs and I don't have to dig frantically in my luggage to make sure I have them all at the end of my stay!

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  6. I second the packing in ziplock bags! I did this for Hood to Coast and it was awesome! And then, you just put your stinky clothes back in them after each race. BEWARE OF OPENING when you get home. It's enough to make you want to vomit!

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  7. Awesome tips! I'm not running Dopey but I am running 2 races...the 10K and Half. I didn't even think about packing my Garmin charger! Now I will! :-)

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    1. I am doing the glass slipper in February -is that your race set Mindy? :)

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  8. Great tips! I am so excited for you guys!

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  9. I always pack my race outfits in zip locks, makes me feel so organized once I get there and unpack! And we should totally have a foam roller meet/ party - bring a foam roller or stick, grab a drink (probably should be Gatorade or water to hydrate until AFTER Dopey...) and meet on the beach at the Poly for some good old fashioned foam rollin fun! Ha!

    Oh, and I usually use one of the hotel room trash buckets to shuttle ice to my room for baths and use the gear check bag or a Disney shopping bag for my laundry : )

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  10. I always try to let my race clothes dry before packing them in the dirty clothes bag I bring. I learned that the hard way at summer soccer camp and my mom refused to touch my laundry. She claimed it was moving on its own.

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  11. I recommend Sunglasses! The Florida sun is brutal ;-) oh and Flipflops, I pack them in my check bag, as soon as I am done with a race those babies are on my feet! Have Everybody! See ya at the 5K ;-)

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  12. Lordy! This packing list makes me glad I'm only doing the half! I think I'd be spending most of my time recovering if I tried to do all four races. I'd totally miss out on the parks! Good luck to both of you!

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  13. Thanks for sharing these great tips! For a trip this large I always try to lay everything out on our guest room bed before putting it into the suitcase. That way, I can double check what's out and make sure I didn't forget anything!

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  14. Great tips. I imagine packing and preparing for 4 races in a row would be a huge task.

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  15. love the Ziploc idea! I got up and repacked my carry on, and the Ziplocs actually made everything fit better!

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  16. Awesome tips! I especially like the one about the plastic bags - I never would have thought of that!

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  17. Thanks so much for this! These are great ideas. I'm feeling completely overwhelmed by the thought of packing for 4 races, so this is really helpful. :)

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  18. The zip lock bag idea is great. I did that for the Ragnar Relay last year. Also- I've done 3 WDW race weekends so far and stayed at a different resort each time. Twice we stayed at an economy resort and once at a mid-range and they all had little laundry rooms with washers and driers. I think we've used them every time.

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  19. I was hoping to not check a bag for this trip, but with 3 costumes, 2 pairs of running shoes, my Stick and other things I don't normally pack, I don't think it's possible. I'm already laying things out on my dining room table as I remember them!

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  20. I've got most of this on my packing list! My fiancee gave me stocking stuffers of : band aids, KT Tape, blister band aids, etc. He's preparing me!! :p
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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