What to pack for the Disneyland Half Marathon

03 March 2014

In my past life I lived out of a suitcase for a year, packing and repacking weekly aboard the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. I learned I'm pretty good at remembering all of the typically forgotten items: phone chargers, headphones, swim suits and, most notably, socks and undies. But I was too quick to trust myself as I stuffed my suitcase for the Disneyland Half Marathon. So, learn from my mistakes and make a list! (You may even save yourselves a few pre-race night terrors...)
What to pack for the Disneyland Half Marathon by The Brave Little Cheesehead at bravelittlecheesehead.com
Having left Washington Thursday morning with plans to be back Monday, I packed as little as possible.

Disneyland Half Marathon packing list by The Brave Little Cheesehead at bravelittlecheesehead.com
There are so many small items (that I deem absolutely necessary) that are easy to forget: KT tape, iPhone arm band, visor, socks, race snacks, headphones, BioFreeze... Thankfully, the fitness expo is meant to save you from beating yourself up over forgotten items, but isn't it always better to be safe than sorry?

Another tip to consider if a destination race will be your very first big race: write down your running routine. Remember how important it is to race like you train? What are the important steps you'd take if you were running 13.1 at home? Be honest and stick to it your routine.
Race day prep for the Disneyland Half Marathon by The Brave Little Cheesehead at bravelittlecheesehead.com
Not only did it come in handy while packing, I took my routine notes with me and revisited them the night before the half. I didn't want my excitement to overshadow crucial steps to a fluid run.

I raced in what I trained in (with some last-minute Minnie Mouse ears) and stuck to the fuel I knew worked best for me. I laid out all of my race-day needs the night before the race, and pre-packed my gear bag so I wouldn't forget anything. I even picked up two waffles the night before the race and ate them after my 20-minute morning yoga, just like every Sunday run. Thinking ahead let me rest easy and wake up ready to go!

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