If you’re new to marathoning, you might be doing a lot of training, figuring out what to eat, how to fuel for a race but have you figured out what to pack in your gear check bag? Or even wondered what the point of those things are?
The answer is easy. The gear check bag is your last chance to safely store things you brought from the car before you head to the start line. Every, or almost every, half or full will have a gear check and those bags will be available for you to pick up after the race. I wouldn’t suggest putting your most prized possessions in there but there are some things you might want to think about putting in there for post-race convenience.
I’m sharing my recommendations for what to pack in your gear check bag:
- Change of Clothes – Depending on how far you have to travel after the race you are gonna want to change your clothes. Find something comfortable.
- ProCompression Socks – I love compression for long runs. I love it before and during so if you’re like me, be sure to pack a clean pair.
- Body Wipes – I love ShowerPill but any wipes (baby wipes will do too). There is usually a good layer of salt that’s collected and you’ll want to get that off fast.
- Nuun – You can almost always find some water at the end of the race but I love to guzzle some Nuun to so that I make sure I replace electrolytes.
- Bandaids/Chapstick/ibuprofen/Vaseline – Think of it as a little first aid kit. I just keep it all together and pack it every race. You will be surprised how often you need these essentials.
- Tennis Ball – Most races will usually have a couple of massage therapists but those lines are long and you don’t want to stand there so grab a tennis ball and do some stretching. I love to run the tennis ball along my IT bands and any muscle that gets sore.
- Comfy Shoes – I love my running shoes but after a race, I want to peel it all off and get clean and comfy. That’s why I’m loving these Stretch Sole shoes from Crocs (yes, they are crocs). The fact that they aren’t flip flops means I get to wear my compression socks but they are flexible and supportive like a good sandal.
Who knew Crocs made such adorable shoes? My first thought was the classic clog and those are fine, I’m not dissing the clog but they have stepped up their shoe game in a big way. Seriously, go check out all their new arrivals. These Stretch Sole shoes are part of their new spring line and are the perfect, versatile shoe for post-race activities. You can dress them up or down and come in a TON of different colors.
Crocs sent me these two because I knew you would like them but there are more than just these. Crocs and I are so excited about their spring line that we want to giveaway a pair of shoes either these, the Stretch Soles or Busy Day (winner will choose) both equally awesome. OH and don’t worry if you don’t win because Crocs and I are teaming up again for an even bigger reveal and an even bigger giveaway (hint, get familiar with their entire spring collection – shop new arrivals).