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Packing Light

by Meghann on May 3, 2012

Out-of-state marathons have their perks (exploring a new area, dedicated “girl’s weekend” with my sister, traveling,etc) and their not-so perks (packing, figuring out where to eat before the race, packing, and did I mention packing?).


There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to packing for any out-of-state race. (Check out my posts on packing for a half ironman or for a Ragnar Relay race) You have to consider race gear, electronics, comfy clothes, snacks, and so much more.

We’ll be in Cincinnati for three days. We arrive Friday morning and leave Sunday after the race. Since it’s such a short trip my goal was to fit everything in a carry-on. Doesn’t sound hard, but I am not a light packer by any means. I’m one of those people who tends to overpack because I never know what I feel like I’m going to wear when I wake up the next morning. Even while trying to keep it light, I still packed two separate options for the three days we’ll be there just in case.

Here’s a tip for anyone who is flying out the same day as a marathon – pack something comfortable!


Our flight is Sunday evening and I know from past experience that I will NOT want to wear jeans or even a real bra after the marathon. (This might be TMI, but after the San Diego marathon I chafed pretty bad from my sports bra and ended up letting the girls fly free on the way home.) So I packed comfy yoga pants, a loose fitting cotton shirt, a light hoodie jacket, and a cotton lounge bra for the flight home.


Biggest piece of advice I can offer is having a lounge bra to wear after a race or after any long run. So much more comfortable than a real bra. Trust me.

The clothes took up most of the room in the suitcase, but also came with the least amount of pressure. After that came the race gear. (which I went over and over in my head to make sure I didn’t forget anything).


  • Running Shoes
  • Socks (+ extra socks just in case!)
  • Race outfit
  • Fanny Pack (for camera + cellphone)
  • Headband
  • Garmin
  • Ipod
  • Ipod holder
  • (I plan to purchase GUs at the expo since I’m out)

Electronics + Chargers


(some electronics were in use and are unpictured)

  • Droid XYBoard (part of my Verizon Brand Ambassadorship)
  • DSLR
  • camera Chargers
  • Ipod chargers
  • point and shoot
  • garmin charger
  • droid charger
  • laptop
  • laptop charger

Toiletries and make-up


I decided to go au natural this weekend and left my curling iron and straightener at home, as well as most of my hair products. It’s just easier to throw my hair in a ponytail and really not worth messing with. Plus, that stuff takes up a ton of room!

I’m also saving room by only bringing my running shoes and a pair of flip flops that I plan to wear on the plane. No other shoes are needed. :)


Done. It all fits!


My laptop is in the pink bag, as well as my DSLR case, snacks for the flight, a magazine, and important documents.

I’m not sure Maddie liked what was going on here.


Derek was pumping Maddie up this morning with all the fun they were going to have this weekend. I caught phrases such as “all you can eat treats” “baseball at the bar” and “sleeping ’til noon” Something tells me they’re not going to miss me at all. ;)

I originally planned to get lunch on the road, but ended up staying in town later than planned. When it was time to eat I decided to dive into the leftovers I had set aside for Derek’s dinner (sorry babe!)


In my defense, he has dug into plenty of leftovers that I’ve saved before I had the chance to eat them. The joys of living together, right?


The veggie lentil burger was still good – even better!

With a side of carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, and a pickle.


Alright, now it’s time to really hit the road. I’m so behind! eek!!!

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