It takes an art to pack for a trip. Add in 5 half marathons during that trip and you’ve got quite a challenge on your hands. Well, I think i did it…

a whole lotta running gear!

a whole lotta running gear!

dog toys stay home

dog toys stay home

I packed:

• Sleeping bag
• 2 towels
• 5 ziploc bags with an entire running outfit (alternate long sleeve shirt option per bag as well)
• 4 pairs of running sneakers
• Fuel, Garmin, handheld waterbottle/Body Glide
• 3 hats/3 visors
• Camera, iPad, chargers
• Rainjacket
• street clothes (jeans, sweatshirts, tshirts, undergarments)
• a gazillion toiletries and some liquid detergent
• a cooler bag
All I can say is try and get the air out wherever possible and sitting on your suitcase does really work!

Got any good tips for packing? Please do share!

Now onto my hot mess 6 miler. Seriously I might have been more of a hot mess than Honey Boo Boo. Wait! My blog isn’t even successful and my mom doesn’t even read it. Honey Boo Boo is making money and getting famous with her reality TV show. I guess I’m more of a hot mess! LOL!

watch photo with a doodle photobomb

watch photo with a doodle photobomb

I planned on running 8 miles. It’s my last run until half marathon #1 in North Dakota on Monday. Well, I ended up only doing 6 and walked a lot of it. It was in the upper 80s and really humid. I’d like to blame it all on the temperature but in reality I never really felt like I was in a groove. It was quite frustrating and I actually cried. Although in hindsight I think the tears flushed out the sweat that was stinging my eyes so bad.I honestly think I spent more time rubbing the sting outta my eyes than anything else. And what crack was I smoking that I opted to wear a black hat?!!!

black hat bad idea

black hat bad idea

I thought i was going to spontaneously combust. I felt like spaghetti in a pot of boiling water. My hands swelled too.

piggies!

piggies!

But I guess no matter how much of a hot mess you are you can always redeem yourself by matching your water bottle to your shirt…

matchy matchy

matchy matchy

Question? What do you do to prevent sweat and sunscreen from stinging your eyes? My visors and hats just don’t seem to work.

Also, I might not have much internet access over the next week so hang tight and I’ll recap the Center of the Nation series when I return.

 

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