I have so many things to write about lately I am not even sure where to start (and so busy lately I am having a hard time carving out time to write). Today for Fresh Friday I am sharing my top ten list of necessary items, goodies, etc. for the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay.
Tomorrow I will be heading up to beautiful Stowe, VT to get ready for the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay tomorrow, a scenic relay through the heart of Vermont following Route 100. This is my third year racing this relay event and second year competing as a 3 person women’s ultra relay team. This is one of my favorite races of the year because the race course is amazingly beautiful, the energy of the teams competing is fantastic. Plus we get to have an adeventure racing as the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks and we get to challenge our endurance by amping up the mileage. And believe me, this course is NOT flat! The total distance for each runner is:
- Runner 1: 31.7 Miles
- Runner 2: 36.2 Miles
- Runner 3: 30.9 Miles
Just to give you a little taste of the course . . .have you ever skiied at Killington? Well, the runners have to run up the mountain access road up to Killington and then back down the other side . Let me just tell you this is no small hill. And that is just a little sample of what’s to come.
To keep it fun while getting your a$$ kicked this leg of the race is the costume leg. Last year this was my attire, including and egg on a spoon which I carried for most of the run on the way down from Killington.
Now tonight as I anticipate running more miles than the 24 Hours Around the Lake Marathon I am hopeful that all of the rest during the week (when not racing) over the past three weeks will be enough to carry me through. In order to make extra sure that I am prepared however I have put together a list of the ten most important things I will need at this relay which can serve as a helpful guide for you when running an adventure team relay.
So here goes:
1. Skirts Sports Gym Girl Ultra Running Skirt (of course, in a rainbow of colors) with built in pockets in the compression shorts perfect for gels or any other necessary race fuel.
2. Wonder Girl Tank (Complete with “Cleavage Alley Pocket” to store extra race fuel-although I might look a little strange carrying a hard-boiled egg in there, ha!)
3. Boudreaux’s Butt Paste-Those of you who are moms will be familiar with this . . .it’s baby diaper rash cream. It works wonders applied like Body Glide to help prevent chafing.
4. Fresh Fuel:
- Hard-boiled Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs-Packed with protein and easily digestible
- Honey Stingers Organic Energy Gels
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
- Perfect Fuel Chocolate-Organic Dark Chocolate with Ginseng for an extra energy boost.
- Energy Bits–100% Organic Spirulina Algae-concentrated protein to help with energy levels during athletic performance. This is something I recently began using although I tried spirulina algae back when I was training for lightweight rowing at the development level. I am curious to see how this will impact my energy levels!
- Pretzels-for the salt of course especially if it is as hot on Saturday as it has been all summer!
5. Fresh Hydration
- H20 (plenty of it)
- Fluids with Electrolyte Replacement-I often drink gatorade but am on the hunt for a more natural rehydration product so am currently trying Osmo Active Hydration in Organic Blackberry upon recommendation from Littleton Bike and Fitness in Littleton, NH.
6. Crazy costumes of course to keep it fun on the race course. Our costumes of course will be chicken/Egg themed since we are representing my family farm Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.
7. Lighting equipment-headlamp, blinkie light, glow sticks because every runner secretly wishes to look like a firefly while running.
8. Running shoes (don’t forget air-tight bags for storage since they will be riding with you all day in your vehicle)
9. Reflective Vest-I especially like the flashing ones so I can appear like a neon storefront sign flashing in the night as I run by.
- Reusable Water Bottles to refill at the Water Monster stations along the course.
- Reusable shopping bags (provided by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs-We are the sustainability sponsor with Athletes for a Fit Planet) at the VT 100 on 100 to collect any recyclables to be deposited in the recycling/trash/compost bins along the course)
Hopefully my list of top ten for a relay event will help you to better plan for your next adventure relay!
Once you have the proper supplies you are ready to race as long as you have your positive energy, your sense of humor, and a willingness to race your heart out. Oh and don’t forget your awesome team members.
I know I am ready!
Please share your relay experiences with me!