Over the last few days, I’ve been running around trying to get everything sorted for our trip to Addo! We leave on Thursday and I still have a million and one things to do – a tonne of meetings and reports, packing, blogging, PCR Test, and the biggest of all, writing detailed instructions for my dad to help him with the kids for the FOUR school days we’ll be away. I swear, the kids’ need their own PA just for juggling school, homework, afternoon activities and their LUGGAGE (books, 1 or 2 lunches depending on the day, and everything related to swimming, tennis, Setswana, music and art activities)! Anyway, on 15 Feb, the race organisers emailed a 28-page Guide on everything we need to know for the 44km Race. In it, they’ve listed compulsory items as well optional (but recommended) ones. Are you ready to help me pack? Let’s get started!
1/ Full waterproof outer shell (taped seams & hood). The final decision on this requirement will be announced at registration on Friday afternoon. Thank you to my awesome friends Tafadzwa and Ticha for gifting me this jacket. I absolutely love the bright pink colour as it’s so me!
2/ Long sleeve mid-layer/fleece. The final decision on this requirement will be announced at registration on Friday afternoon. I’ve pulled an old one from my winter stash!
3/ Buff/beanie. I’m going with my special The Gaborone Runner buff from my lovely friend Zurika. This will serve as my mask as well.
4/ A waist/back pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder (minimum of 1.5 litre capacity). My camelbak was falling apart at the seams but I’ve since had a tailor stitch it up so it is ready to go! I’m worried if it will fit everything so I’ll also bring my waist bag in case.
5/ Emergency whistle.
6/ Strapping (similar to KT Tape – i.e. 5cm+ wide, and adhesive. Minimum 1 metre).
7/ Space blanket.
8/ Medical info card with information on blood type, allergies, medical aid no, emergency contact.
9/ Torch/headlamp & batteries.
10/ Re-usable/plastic cup for coffee, tea, water. We got some flexible bottles a few weeks ago from Mr Price Sport. Planning to use this to mix my hydration salts as needed.
Of the recommended items, these are the ONLY ones I’m bringing: cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, fully charged mobile phone, tissues, and spare dry socks. My husband will carry these items for us: anti-chafe cream, first aid kit (sterile dressings, blister care patches, painkillers) and ziplock bags. These are also recommended but we WON’T be packing them for the run: wet wipes, superglue, zip ties, trekking poles, microfibre towel, disinfectant and insect repellent.
Then, of course, there are the things they didn’t mention but I’m bringing – gels, protein bars, rehydration salts, and gaiters in case there are those terribly sticky seeds out there.
Race Day Outfit
Do I run in shorts, capris or long tights? None of my shorts have pockets. My long tights are useful for trail running to prevent scratches, etc. But will they be too hot to wear? My capris with pockets may be the best option but I really want to run in shorts… Do I wear Botswana colours as this is an international race? Or do I wear bright colours to liven up my rather dull looking trail shoes? At the time of writing this blog, I am still undecided, but have packed all the possibilities. What has been decided though are my nails – inspired by Jenn’s very pretty leopard nails, I went for some elephants and a little reminder of the distance I’m running!
With my race items and outfit (almost) sorted, I can now attend to all the other things on my list! I only leave on Thursday, so please let me know if there’s anything you feel I’ve missed or something you think I can ditch from the optional list!
What do you love about destination races? What don’t you love about them? Have you had a long list of compulsory items for a race before? Have you ever done your nails for a race?
I’m joining Kooky Runner and Zenaida on their link up, Tuesday Topics. I’m also joining the Runner’s Roundup with Mile By Mile, Coach Debbie Runs, Confessions of a Mother Runner, Runs with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running. Be sure to read their blogs and catch up with other runners from around the world.