With all the running I'm doing, I'm starting to figure out exactly what I will need come race day.
First, after every run I am soaked from head to foot so I definitely will need 3 complete changes of clothing: shirt, shorts/skirt, headband, underwear and socks. I only have 2 exercise bras so that will have to do.
Next is proper nutrition which I'm studying. From what I read I need high glycemic foods while running and for recovery after a run and low glycemic foods between runs. I will make that a subject of a future post.
Of course there are the safety items. I remembered that each team needs 4 headlamps but after as sweaty as I get while running I decided I do not want to put on someone's gross sweaty headlamp band so I bought a Petzl Tikka Plus. Chafe preventive Body Glide goes on this list too. I also have 2 Amphipod Xinglet's which should satisfy the reflective vest requirements.
Ragnar also has a Race Day Checklist with many of the same thing I discovered and more. There are so many important things I haven't yet thought of like instant cold packs, mole skin, tape, ace bandages, band aids, pain pills, etc. just in case.
I'm learning that running a relay is more than just showing up on race day and running, especially the Ragnar Relay. Learning to run with a proper recovery and an injury prevention plan so we can run, recover, repeat and have fun!
And remember, we have more important things to worry about like what costumes to wear and how to decorate our van!