Last year, Christine wrote a detailed post on packing for a multiple race weekend. We both found several ways to make this easier and if you are traveling by airline, be sure to put everything you need for two days of racing in your carry on bag. I cannot emphasize that enough, especially after the fiasco we had in Dublin last summer when Christine's luggage went missing for 3 days. She would have missed the Rock 'n Roll Dublin race if her carry on bag had not been filled with everything she needed on race morning.
Here are some tips for your race packing!
And for those of you who are OCD like us, some more packing tips here:
Another post on destination race packing that includes a printable packing list!
For destination races, my suitcase or carry on bag is loaded with at least one tube of Nuun Hydration, Gatorade powdered mix, some healthy bars, perhaps Clif, Cascadian Farm or something similar. I also carry my own English muffins and small containers of peanut butter for pre race meals. Having the food you are familiar with is so important, especially for big races. Eating multiple small meals each day when you are doing the challenges is also really helpful. Most days, I was having something to eat at least 6-7 times per day. Remember that you need really high energy for that marathon and with sleep deprivation and three races in the rear view mirror your body will really thank you.
Plan your mealtimes and make dining reservations in advance of your trip so you are not looking for food at 8:00pm the night before the Mickey Marathon. There is still time to book some of the restaurants at the Disney hotels and we find those to be relaxing, with some tasty menu choices. We especially enjoyed Wave of American Flavors at the Contemporary and The Grand Floridian Cafe last year. Last but not least, eat wisely and save those hot fudge sundaes and new food choices until the race is complete and you are wearing those beautiful medals around your neck!