Yes, I’m referring to my four day Ragnar Wasatch Back trip as a runner’s vacation, or runcation, if you will. Even though running a race is probably the closest thing I have to “work” (if I consider my blog work) and I’m bringing several products that I will be testing out on said race…it’s a vacation! So what are my “runcation supplies?”
I wanted to share what I’m taking because some of these things are my FAVORITE THINGS for races/relays, and because some of these things will show up in future product reviews (so I’d love to know if you have any specific questions about them in advance).
Mondetta Performance Gear
I won the MPG outfit thru a FitFluential giveaway! Lucky me! The top is super light and adorable and I’ll probably wear it for my night leg. The pants (not pictured) will probably be airplane pants. They’re a comfy wear-around type of dealio and plain black, so nothing to see there.
I received these free for the purpose of a review on the blog (forthcoming). You can barely tell in the photo, but these are fancy kinetic tech tights that are supposed to promote dynamic alignment and therefore reduce pain and fatigue.
My Janji shorts I’ve had for a while now and I also get them for free in exchange for sharing what I thought about them on the blog (forthcoming). I like the idea of Janji (run for another) – a running apparel company that helps fight the food and water crisis around the world.
Enso Muscle Roller – To Review
This is brand new (like just came in the mail). The folks at Evofit gave it to me so I could try it out specifically while running Ragnar Wasatch Back…if I’d write a review for them in exchange. I figured, what the hey? Lord only knows I’ll need a roller on this trip anyway. This one looks pretty intense…. The cool thing is I can move those discs around on the roller, making it work better for different areas of my body and for different intensities of torture!
Coach’s Oats – FAVORITE THING
I buy this in bulk! Coach’s Oats will be my relay breakfasts! They have the hearty texture of steel cut oats but don’t take more than 5 minutes to cook! This has been my breakfast before all my races for a couple years now. They sell these “sample pack” size bags on their website for super cheap so, the last time I placed an order, I added about 10 of these little bags.
Island Boost – FAVORITE THING
Another one of my favorite things! The new chocolate flavor of Island Boost fuel packs are yummy. I’ll take one packet about 20 minutes before each leg for some extra energy. Island Boost works fast! Since my first and last legs are short (around 2 miles), I won’t need anything on the run. However, the middle leg is always the longest, right? Ha. I may take an extra Island Boost with me on that 6 mile run just in case.
Did I mention that we decided our theme was going to be “Nuunjas” – like ninjas, but fruitier? So yeah, I don’t have to pack any Nuun because they’ll provide it!
The Buff – FAVORITE THING
I have to take my buff on every relay I ever run. It’s the most versatile piece of gear I have and I know I’ve belabored that point on this blog before…. Not only does the buff help me look more ninja-like, but it can keep my face warm, protect my ears from the cold wind, keep straggly hairs from sticking to the sweat on my face, keep me cool if I soak it in water, cover my mouth if there is dust or sand blowing around, keep sweat away from my eyes. You get the point.
LightGUIDE LED Armband (or rave collar)
These are another relay staple of mine. We got these years ago before we did our first Ragnar SoCal. We always new who our runners were in the dark because these lights are BRIGHT and distinctive. You can set it for steady light, slow pulse, or fast pulse. If we knew our runner had it on their arm or ankle, it was easy to tell who they were in the pitch dark when all you can see are little bounding headlamps. So, yeah these are a runner safety/identification tool more than a party accessory, but obvs they can be both.
Bluebuds X Bluetooth Headphones
Normally I wouldn’t bring headphones with me on a relay, however they ARE allowed on the course so long as the runners are still able to hear traffic and anyone around them. I don’t often run with headphones, but the reason I’m bringing them is because of my second leg. It’ll likely be early morning and it’s 6 miles of incline. There’s a good chance that I’ll want some extra motivation to keep pushing through that leg.
BIA GPS Watch
And last but not least, I’ll be rocking my firefly BIA GPS Sports Watch! I backed them on Kickstarter way back when and now I’ve been enjoying the hard work they’ve put into making this gem of a watch.
Follow the #NUUNJAS!
If you’d like to follow Team Nuunjas on Twitter or Instagram, I’m sure a little #nuunjas search will return what you’re looking for.
Here are some people to follow:
@DailySweat – Our Nuun Team Captain!
@momtomarathon – Lisa is in Van 2 with me!
@GeorgeOkinaka – He’s in Van 1. Wah wah.
@kmMovingForward – She’s runner 11, handing off to me!
@KatieRUNSthis – Reuniting from Hood To Coast!
——and of course me——
@RunningHutch…because, why not?
Curious about any of the products I’m going to review? Let me know what questions you might have about them, and I’ll try to cover that.
If you’re running Ragnar Wasatch Back, PLEASE let me know! I’d love to find you out there on the run and maybe I can give you a little runner gift!