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Ready for a Racecation

by Meghann on June 11, 2015

The countdown is on! Tomorrow I’m leaving on a jet plane for Seattle and for the first time in forever I’m actually packed and ready to go a full day in advance. What? What? Planning to blog about what I’m packing was a key motivator – maybe I should remember this approach for the future?

I’m heading to Seattle to join the Brooks Running crew for a weekend filled with shoes, food, and running. On Saturday I’m running my first (and probably only) pregnancy race – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle 8K. I ran the half marathon last year and LOVED it so I’m really psyched I’m still able to participate in a portion of the event this year.


So what’s in the bag? More than I was expecting to bring. Considering how picky I’ve been with my outfits lately, I’ve basically got back-ups for my back-ups.


Yes, three days of travel requires six outfit changes thankyouverymuch.

And apparently four pairs of shoes?


I have my Brooks Vanguards for travel, Brooks Glycerin 13s for race day, sandals for my skirts/dresses, and Toms because, well, Toms.

I splurged on a pair of highly reviewed overpriced maternity leggings for the trip (I wanted a decent capri style that didn’t show my granny panties), but unfortunately I opted for Amazon’s “free shipping” option and the system failed me. Generally I have good luck with items shipping immediately, but this seller decided to take their sweet time. Now it looks like they won’t be at my door until Friday evening. Fail. By the way, I upgraded to Amazon Prime this week. I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to take the plunge, but this order finally put me over the edge. I see the light and the light is worth an annual fee!

I’m going to stop at Target on the way home after work and check out their maternity leggings. Unfortunately none of my leggings fit comfortably anymore (I can roll the top band down, but it’s not very comfortable and it’s a really long flight to not be 100% comfortable for) and it’s not easy to find high-quality decent capri maternity leggings in the usual stores. Most places carry the majority of their maternity line online and I don’t have time to check out the local maternity consignment shops. Oh, well.

So with all that being said, I still have no idea what I’m wearing on the flight. However, I do know what I’m wearing for race day on Saturday:


Umm… minus the dog.


I have all the race day essentials covered:

  • Jacket for walk to the starting line
  • Headband
  • Hair tie
  • Sunglasses
  • iPod holder
  • iPod
  • Garmin
  • Sports Bra (The Moving Comfort Juno – Holy crap is this bra amazing!)
  • Running top (potential to change)
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Shoes

I haven’t run with my Garmin since January. I’m packing/ bringing it out of habit, but I’m not sure I’ll wear it on race day. I’m planning on running a slow, casual race and am nervous the Garmin could add some unnessecary pressure. On the other side, it would be nice to set some time intervals for my run/walk so my 50/50 split of run/walk doesn’t accidentally turn into 20/80 split of run/walk. Decisions. Decisions.

Yes, plastic sandwich bags really do make the best organizers for things like chargers, jewelry, and make-up.


(p.s. When the trip is over I generally keep the sandwich baggies in my suitcase so they’re ready to be reused for the next trip. I’m fancy like that.)

I’ll have my smaller carry-on filled with laptop, iPad, more chargers (because every trip requires at least 6 different chargers, right?), and snacks. That reminds me, I need to buy snacks.

Now I just need Friday to get here so I can fly. Are you ready Seattle, I’m coming for ya!

1 Kate June 11, 2015 at 7:47 am

Have fun!!! I always start my “clothes to pack” list early, especially so that it is all clean when I leave!
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2 Goldie June 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

Have a great time – be gentle with yourself. lots of water and walk breaks 🙂 xx
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3 EB @ Running on E June 11, 2015 at 8:15 am

Have fun! Good luck the baby in her first race!
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4 Laura June 11, 2015 at 8:53 am

Have fun! What type of running shorts are you using? Have been having a hard time finding shorts that fit over the bump well.
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5 Meghann June 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm

I’ve been wearing the Brooks PureProject Shorts in a larger size. They have a great wide band that sits under the bump.

6 Erin June 11, 2015 at 9:32 am

Hi Meghann – I’m almost 40 weeks pregnant and have used these maternity crops from Target since week 25.

They’re absolutely awesome! Super comfy, not too thick and dry quickly. I highly recommend these as well as the full length leggings too. They’ve gotten a lot of love throughout my pregnancy.

Best of luck!!

7 Meghann June 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

That’s the exact pair I purchased! I agree, they were great on the flight.

8 Heather June 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

I’m pregnant with my second (just about two weeks ahead of you) and I swore by my Lululemon Wonderunders with my first and they haven’t failed me yet with the second. If you go this route, just buy your regular size – they have 4 way stretch and are low cut enough that they will just hit the slight swell of your belly at the bottom. I wore them to the hospital with my first – at 40 weeks. Bonus is they will fit post baby too. 🙂

9 Traci June 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

I’m fancy like that with the bags, too. Have fun!
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10 Anna June 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

Try Gap maternity leggings! They are an under the belly kind, but probably the most comfortable thing I owned during my pregnancies. The under the belly part is awesome because you can wear them after the baby is born, too!

11 Jennifer June 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm

YES Gap maternity leggings are amazing, I just packed mine away and I am 5 months postpartum, get some you will get so much wear out of them!!!

12 Lauren June 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

Like the previous commenter, I came on here to suggest gap!
They had great stuff when I was pregnant with my now 2yo. A quick search shows they do make full panel leggings, so worth a shot!
I was a full panel lover too. I still go to wear my yoga pants unfolded sometimes 😉
If you find a pair you like you can always send the others back.

13 Kat June 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I’ve had a lot of luck using small “bra laundry” mesh bags for separating out clothes when I travel. Especially useful for workout clothes, socks and underwear, etc. This keeps them non-musty, but the bag is really easy to keep organized.

14 Dietitian Jess June 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Sounds like you’re ready for an awesome race- enjoy taking in the scenes instead of pace 🙂 Maybe a maxi skirt/dress on the flight if it wont be too chilly in Seattle?? Laughed out loud at your TOMs comment- they are the essential shoe for everything- especially traveling!!!
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15 Stephanie June 11, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Amazon Mom. Basically free amazon prime with deals and promos on baby needs. Check it out.

16 Meghan @RunningKentuck June 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm

So jealous!! I hope you have a blast!!! I haven’t jumped on the Amazon Prime bandwagon either, so you weren’t the last person!
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17 Sara June 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I’m also pregnant, due Oct. 17, and I have the Ingrid and Isabel Target maternity capris. I only wear them for working out but I’m sure they could do the trick for the flight. And they are way cheaper than the ones you ordered. I’m guessing the ones you got on Amazon are the higher end version carried at Nordstrom but I’ve had no issues with the Target ones.

18 Christy June 11, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Good luck in Seattle!! I’m kind of jealous, I have the racing bug but in AZ it’s a million degrees right now.
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19 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Good luck! I definitely always pack a few extra outfits. Always be prepared!
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20 Kacie June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Fun trip!! I had trouble with leggings cutting into my belly while pregnant. When I flew I wore a really stretchy non-maternity maxi skirt I already had that was like a jersey cotton material. Sooo comfy!

21 Linda @ The Fitty June 11, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Have a happy and safe travel! Do you listen to podcasts when you run or does that take focus away?
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22 Meghann June 14, 2015 at 9:20 pm

I usually listen to books, but during races I like to listen to music. I still haven’t hopped on the Podcast bandwagon yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.

23 Cynthia June 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

Good luck on your race!!
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24 Lindsay June 13, 2015 at 6:54 am

people beat me to it but I’m 30 weeks and have lived in Gap Maternity leggings! I love that they sit right under the belly (but are very secure!) and insanely soft and affordable.

25 Katie June 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm

I loved the Boden maternity leggings! They are full length though – not capris – but I had 2 pair of the black and probably wore them everyday in the last 2 months of pregnancy INCLUDING most of labor itself (right up until changing into the hospital gown).

Also, not sure what you’re thinking of for labor itself, but you’d rock natural childbirth as an ironman. It’s all mental strength, and you can totally do it! It’s not for everyone, but I was very determined and it was a great experience. For me I think it just boiled down to not wanting to feel medicalized unless absolutely necessary. Birth is a physiological event, and I just felt like unless something was really going wrong, I wanted to let my body and my baby do their thing. I loved Ina May Gaskin’s book – very helpful in understanding what childbirth looks like. It’s not necessarily the craziness portrayed in TV and movies. Also took a great birth class based on the Bradley method.

Looking forward to hearing more of your pregnancy journey!!

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