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Packing for a Marathon

by Meghann on May 28, 2009

Traveling via an airplane for a race is a whole new level of running dedication for me. I have been overwelmed with so many supporters on what I should pack, how I should pack, what I should not let out of my sight and how to not rely on picking anything up on site. It’s honestly been a little bit stressful to check, double check and triple check I have everything I need.

Thanks primarily to Bobbi’s checklist I think I now have it all in order.

Let’s review.

First up is the suitcase I will be checking in.


Inside I have

  • Clothes
  • Extra dress shoes
  • Extra running clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straightener

Just in case the bag gets lost, I haven’t packed anything too important in this suit case. Granted I would still have a cow, but I would still be able to race and blog and that’s truly what’s important.

I plan to carry on the plane my lap top and a large bag.


In the laptop bag I have

  • Laptop
  • Chargers – laptop/ phone/ camera/ Ipod/ Garmin
  • Ipod + Headphones
  • Garmin
  • Camera
  • Flip Camcorder
  • Extra batteries

I throw all my electronics in this bag just to make it easy to remind myself where I put things.

My final carry on bag is the most important of them all. I am carrying on all of my essential race gear, plus any important information in this bag.



  • Race Day Outfit (see below for details)
  • Food (see below for details)
  • Running Shoes w/ Road ID attached
  • Empty water bottle
  • Book for plane
  • Sunglasses
  • TNT bag filled with travel + race documents
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Wallet

I think I got it all, right?

I thought you guys might be interested to see what I am wearing on race day. I thought long and hard on this and after watching my coach’s race video from the past year I knew I wanted to wear something that made it a tiny bit easier to be picked out of a crowd. There will be thousands of runners on race day all in the same purple singlet, so I turned to my bottoms for the difference.


For those of you who have e-mailed me saying you would be spectating or volunteering on race day please take note what I will be wearing and please feel free to come up and say HI! Just look for the girl in the bright aqua running skirt!


The wonderful people at Sugoi sent me their Moxie running skirt a month ago to review for the blog. I wore it during my 18 miler at the beginning of this month and LOVED it! Its very comfortable, wicks the sweat away and has a great little back pocket that will hold my cellphone on race day.


I will also be running in my Team in Training Dri-fit socks (that go past my ankle, in hopes of preventing blisters) and my Gracie Gear Sports Bra that I love so dearly. I hope to find a head band or sometime fun to wear during the race as well (I hate running in hats).

Since this is my third time on a plane in the past month, I believe I have the eating while traveling down to a science. As always, I made sure to stock up on some healthy snacks for my trip.


I already have breakfast prepped and ready to eat once I board the plane in the morning. I actually can’t wait to eat it. 🙂

I almost forgot to mention my day of race fuel.


I have packed Clif Shot Bloks, Hammer’s Recoverite, Endurolytes to take with me on the course. There will also be stations providing different flavors of GU along the way. My TNT Coach was encouraging us to train with ‘solid’ foods for the marathon, but even the idea of that didn’t sit well with my stomach. What’s your fueling approach for marathons?

So there are my bags. Packed and all ready to fly off to my first Marathon in CA!


Besides packing, food today really just consisted of my creativity in eating up my fridge.

For my midafternoon snack I munched on some Carrots and the last of my 4 Nuts Butter.


This tiny sampling jar did not last very long and will be dearly missed.


RIP Raw 4 Nuts Butter!

For dinner I just threw any vegetable I could find in my fridge on the steamer and proceeded to cover in marinara sauce & cheese.


The vegetable combination included:

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli

With Marinara Sauce, a Boca Burger, toasted Corn Tortillas and Raw Goat Cheese on top.


It was actually really tasty and I am happy to say my fridge is now free of anything with the potential of spoiling while I am away

Dessert was 1/2 of Amanda’s Peanut Butter Trail Mix Blondie and some Non-Fat Vanilla Yogurt.


I learned a very important lesson this evening. Heating up a blondie and covering with yogurt is not the same as heating up and covering with ice cream. The yogurt became even more tart and runny. I will not be making that mistake again. 😉  

I’m loading up tonight and heading over to the wonderful Caitlin’s. She has graciously volunteered to wake up early and drive me to the airport. How great of a friend is she?

Next time you hear from me I will be blogging from the air. Good night!


1 spicygranola May 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Have a great trip! I know that you are going to do great. It looks like you are very prepared. Have fun!

2 Nicole May 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Good luck and have a fun trip!!!!!!

3 verbalriot May 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

You are thoroughly prepared…GO GET ‘EM! 🙂

4 Holly May 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Have a great race! – Holly, one of Caitlin’s friends that just started reading your blog.

5 Elizabeth S. May 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm


6 ksgoodeats May 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Your clean the fridge dinner sounds tasty! You look well packed 🙂 Have safe travels!!

7 Amanda May 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Good luck!!!

8 Adi ( May 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

You. Are. Gonna. Rock.
Can’t wait to hear your recap! Happy travelling!

9 Brandi May 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm

looks like you have everything!

Have a great night, TRY To get some sleep, and have a safe flight in the morning!!!

10 Justy2003 May 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Can’t wait to see how you rock that marathon!
Fly safe!

11 jocelyneatsfresh May 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! have fun!

12 Sarah May 28, 2009 at 8:43 pm

have a safe trip tomorrow!!!! i hope you’re at least as excited for your race as i am!

13 Bridget May 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Have a great flight!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!! SO Exciting!!!!

14 Matt May 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Good luck this weekend. Run fast!

15 Rose May 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

You are definitely prepared and ready! You’re going to do great! I can’t wait for the recap!!

16 Renee May 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Have a great trip! LOVE your Vera Bradley accessories! =)

17 caronae May 28, 2009 at 9:17 pm

You are very organized, right down to the matching bags/suitcases! I usually stick with gus or hammer gels for long runs, but I have never done a marathon. Good luck! PS- your pizza looked awesome!

18 healthy ashley May 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

How stinkin’ exciting!!! I am so happy for you- it’s all happening now!

19 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) May 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I am so flippin’ excited for you I might just pee. Again.

20 glidingcalm May 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

that skirt is soo cute!! you look perfectly prepared, and I know you’ll do amazingly! gluck and have fun!! (love your packed snacks too- reminds me of my skating competition days!) safe travels Meg!!

21 Bec May 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm

love the running skirt, safe flying!

22 Emily May 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

so exciting! enjoy your travels!

23 steph May 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

meghann you’re so awesome! have a blast in san diego

24 Mica May 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Ooh packing is exciting! Best of luck this weekend, Meghann!

25 lilveggiepatch May 29, 2009 at 12:25 am

This is so exciting! GOOD LUCK!

26 Bridget May 29, 2009 at 5:14 am

Have a safe trip–both on foot and in the air!

27 Stacey May 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Don’t worry, you will be great 🙂 Everyone is so proud of how far you have come!

28 Erica May 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

GOOOOOOOD LUCK! Although I know you don’t need it- you’re going to do awesome. We’ll all be thinking of you!

29 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 29, 2009 at 8:05 am

I’m so excited for you hun! I know you are going to rock it!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all about it.

30 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 29, 2009 at 8:08 am

Also curious- is it possible to track you with your bib number in this race? That would be fun! We could cheer you on!

31 Holly May 29, 2009 at 8:11 am

Good luck!!!!!!!!

32 Stephanie May 29, 2009 at 8:54 am
33 Betsy May 29, 2009 at 9:15 am

GOOD LUCK and have a great race!!!!!

34 Betsy May 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

GOOD LUCK and have a great race!!!!

35 Jess May 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

Looks Iike you’ve got it all together, girlie! I love your marathon day outfit, very bright and cheery!
Good luck and can’t wait to hear (read) all about it!

36 meganerdruns May 29, 2009 at 10:26 am

Have a great trip!! San Diego is one of my favorite places. I can’t wait to read about how the marathon goes! I’ve been following for a while so I’m really excited- Probably not as much as you are tho 😉 lol

37 biz319 May 29, 2009 at 10:37 am

Great job on the packing!!

Good luck Meghann! and nice of Caitlin to drive you to the airport so its one less thing to worry about. 😀

38 Run Sarah May 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

Good luck!! I love your laptop bag 🙂

39 Erin May 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

Good Luck! I can not wait to read about your race!!!

40 Rachel May 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

It is SO NEAT to see everything you’re bringing and share in the excitement! I have no words of wisdom but from my observer’s standpoint it looks like you have everything covered – and I love the running skirt. You’ll do AWESOME! GOOD LUCK!

41 Meredith May 29, 2009 at 11:58 am

Best of luck! I can’t imagine what you’re feeling. I hope you are so proud of yourself! THIS IS HUGE but in a great and awesome way.

I love your running skirts.

42 Karena May 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how you feel about finishing your first marathon!!

43 Jenn (eating bender) May 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I’m so excited for you, Meghann!! You certainly look fully prepared…I can’t wait to hear all the amazing details. So proud of you!

44 Erin May 30, 2009 at 12:10 am


45 spicygranola May 30, 2009 at 8:32 am

I already commented on this post, but I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about ya and how you are kicing major marathon booty right now. Actually it is only 6:31am there, so you might not have started yet. Still GOOD LUCK!

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