We’re running Ragnar Los Coyotes this fall, and couldn’t be more excited to have a Sweat Pink team!
With our November race right around the corner and our training in full swing, there remains one big question….
What to pack?!
Whether you’re new to Ragnar Relays or a veteran, we’re here to help you figure out the best gear, clothes, and packing strategies for a successful race weekend.
If you’re running a relay, there are a few items that you absolutely have to have. Make sure these are all on your packing list for Los Coyotes (or check with your team captain to make sure someone is bringing extra!).
For part three of our Ragnar Relay packing list, we’re talking about nutrition. A successful relay not only comes from training and prep, it also comes from having good race weekend nutrition. You’ll need plenty of healthy, high-energy food options, and let’s face it, delicious snacks so that you can fuel up between legs! From the food and drinks you’ll want for healthy fuel and recovery, to the snacks that will simply make you smile, we’ve got your covered!
Fuel and recover:
During race weekend, it’s important to have food and drinks on hand that will not only help you stay fueled to run but also help you recover quickly in between legs and, of course, after all the running is finally done!
- Just add collagen!: One of the best tips we’ve heard from fellow runners is to start your race recovery before your race is even over. A sure fire way to start your recovery process before race day is to add Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen to your daily life – collagen supports muscle and joint recovery, and gives the body a big boost of protein. It has everything you need to fuel for race day. Plus, Great Lakes Gelatin comes in handy single-serving packets that are perfect for on-the-go. It’s an easy and convenient way to keep your muscles and joints happy while you’re working hard – and you can simply add it to your beverage of choice – coffee, water, tea – it dissolves easily in hot or cold liquids so take your pick! Want to get your race recovery started now? Use the code LoveGLG20off for 20% off at greatlakesgelatin.com!
- Protein on the go: Protein is important for quick muscle recovery so you’ll want to pack easily digestible, easily transportable (not to mention deliciously edible) protein sources to your packing list. Our favorite easy protein sources include Amazing Grass Protein Superfood powders and Lantana Hummus.
The Amazing Grass Protein Superfood is so delicious on its own (especially the Peanut Butter chocolate flavor!), that all you really need is water. Just mix and enjoy 20g of plant based protein powder. We also love Lantana Hummus hummus varieties as they go great with all of your favorite snacks – baby carrots, crackers, pretzels – for a savory and delicious protein packed snack. Ragnar Sweat Pink Team runner, Jamie King says, “if you want a super protein packed snack, try the Sriracha Carrot with a hard boiled egg. It tastes as decadent as a deviled egg, only better and slightly spicier!”
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! I think we all know how important it is to drink water, but when you’re running and sweating all day long, it becomes even more important to stay on top of your hydration. Make sure you have plenty of water and are sipping on it frequently throughout the day. While running, we love to take our water up a notch, by adding SOS Rehydrate electrolyte powders to the mix – it’s an easy way to replace your electrolytes and keep your body feeling balanced throughout the race weekend.
Toss some bottles of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water in the van for good measure! Gerolsteiner is full of minerals integral to recovery and performance, like calcium and magnesium. The perfect refreshing beverage to sip on between legs!
- Get salty! Runners are always on the lookout for salty snacks to help replenish all the salt we lose while we’re working hard (there’s a reason you’ll often find bowls of salt at race aid stations). Our go to healthy, salty snacks are Squeaky Pops, a crunchy chickpea snack that is low in sugar and uses only real ingredients, Want to munch on Squeaky Pops yourself? Use the code 50FitApp for 50% off at SqueakyPops.com and on Amazon. Jamie King’s pro tip for snacking on Squeaky Pops is to try the Cheddar Cheese flavor with Lantana Hummus in black bean – it tastes like a healthy nacho!
- Peanut, peanut butter….and everything! Whether we’re running or simply going about our daily lives, we’re all nuts for nut butters. We love Justin’s single serve packs for travel and convenience – they are the perfect compliment to just about all of your race day snacks (and meals). Spread them on crackers, bananas, apples, bread, or simply eat them straight from the packet!
- Snacks that make you smile. Another piece of advice we received from ultra-runner and Sweat Pink Ragnar teammate, Jamie King is to pack snacks that will make you smile. When you’re running longer distances (or running at night and feeling especially tired), sometimes you need a little pick me up to get you through! Jamie suggests having snacks that make you smile handy and ready to go. Her go-tos include her favorite vegan gummy candies from YumEarth and her favorite soft baked snickerdoodles from Enjoy Life.
Keep your eyes out for the last installment of the Ragnar packing series!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Ragnar. All opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.