I know its still a little bit early for packing – but I totally started my packing list already. There so much to remember to bring that if I don’t write it down while i’m thinking of it, i’ll forget. Especially the little random items that aren’t on everyone’s list.
But before we get to that…gotta talk turkey! As in Turkey Vision Quest Vol. 2.
I hadn’t brought it up in my blog because I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, or if it was even a goal this year, but now that I have…gotta brag!
Thanksgiving morning was my new favorite tradition – the Attleboro Gobble Wobble 5k. What I nicknamed Turkey Vision Quest last year, as I had a goal to finally get a new PR and / or place in my age group. How that went, was the PR, but 6th place. And I was kind of disappointed. So I went into this year with a ‘well, i’ll just do my best out there’ attitude.
Things I did differently this year? The hubs, my sole sister Karen and I hung out in the car until right before the start to stay warm and my ‘warmup’ consisted of a quick 20-foot sprint down and back. Just to make sure nothing bounced, moved or rubbed. I did however, line up in front with the fast folk. Because taking off like a shot with them definitely helps get me to a faster pace early and then I just kind of hang on for as long as I can.
My watch was buried under a sleeve and I didn’t want to see it anyway. So I had no idea my pace. There was some ice on the course from the rain the day before (did I mention it was COLD?), but otherwise its a nice flat fast route with a few speedbumps so its easy to go fast.
The course is looped out and back so you can see runners going the other way, and at mile 2ish I heard Karen yell my name. I yelled back and grinned. Shortly after someone else called my name – thanks and my apologies for not looking over, but I was in the zone. Then just before mile 3, when the exact same song in the exact same place as last year came on my playlist – I knew I had to be close to last year. And figured I could definitely snag top 10 AG, maybe top 5. But I had no idea how many women my age had been in front of me.
We turned the corner at the 3-mile mark and I kicked. And kicked again. And gave it every last bit I had out there. And after I crossed, I finally looked at my watch.
A PR! 25:08. Unfortunately the race is gun time (not net), so my official was a 2:11. (What’s 3 seconds right? Lol) When I walked over to the results tent, I didn’t get my hopes up…and when the page flipped and there I was, I almost shrieked with delight. 2nd AG! 22nd female and 77th overall. Out of nearly 600 people. WOW. Just WOW.
Must be the shoes.
Because #purpleisalwaysfaster. And, this year, Turkey Vision Quest is complete. A PR and an AG win. I suppose next year the quest is to be sub-25. #alwaysroomforimprovement
But that wasn’t my only Dopey training run of the weekend. I got in a slower 10k run on Friday and a half-marathon distance run on Sunday. So a sort of Dopey simulation.
And speaking of Dopey… I said I’d give you some ideas on what to pack. Pack Everything!!
Be the Macgyver of Disney races. Have such an assortment of random items in your travel bag it looks like you’re about to go on Let’s Make a Deal (instead of about to run Disney.)
Here’s a list of some items I bring that people don’t always think of. Things that to me, are packing essentials.
- Ziploc bags
- Why? I like to eat my pre-race meal/snack (muffin, bagel, dry cereal) in the start corral. A baggie is a great way to do it. And toss a napkin in there too.
- Mini Flashlight
- Why? Do you know how dark a portapotty is at 4am? DARK. And I kind of like to know what i’m getting into. Sure, most phones have flashlights built in, but i’m kind of old fashioned about some things. (and I worry about dropping my phone somewhere it can’t be retrieved)
- Garbage bag
- Why? To sit on in the start corral or even wear to keep warm.
- Cheap poncho
- Why? A) in case it rains and B), you can always use it to sit on in the corral if you don’t bring a garbage bag. True story – I had one I carried to close to a dozen races before it finally rained at my May marathon and I ran 26.2 miles in it.
- Why? Because they don’t sell them on property anywhere. And its handy for marking stuff. Or having someone sign your medal.
- Disposable coffee cup
- Why? Personally I cannot run without coffee. So i make a cup to go in the room and bring it to the start. I don’t like to check a bag at the start, so these are great for tossing. You could always instead bring a travel mug and check it in your race bag.
- Old pair of socks or cheap pair of gloves
- Why? Hand / arm warmers. If you aren’t using arm sleeves as part of your costume and just want something to keep your hands/arms warm before the race (or during those first couple miles), these work great. I have a collection of the hub’s old tube socks for just this use.
- Why? In case its cold. Because yes, its Florida, but its still January and sometimes its just cold. I have circulation issues and my fingers go numb if i’m cold. And trying to open a gel packet when you can’t feel your fingers is a challenge.
- Moist Towelettes
- Why? Because portapotties don’t always have hand gel. And sometimes, your gel gets your fingers sticky. Or you get biofreeze on your hands with no way to remove the remnants. These little packets fit neatly into whatever is hauling your gear so its easy to carry.
- Masking tape or duck tape
- Why? Why not! It can work for fashion emergencies (OMG my costume eyes fell off) or to put on something you need to label so your nephew doesn’t claim it as his (hands off the oreos buster. LOL). You know what they say – theres’s nothing duck tape can’t do.
Yes, I’m skipping over the essentials like gel, and your costumes and your buddy pouch (or whatever carry pack you use). And safety pins are a plenty at the expo. This is just a list of stuff i’ve learned over the years that I’m glad I have.
Anyone have anything fun i’ve missed? What’s your can’t live without that people tell you is a “genius idea”?
And happy training fellow Dopeys. 🙂