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What’s in my backpack [International race weekend] #1


Hello! I hope you are all doing well today. 🙂

My reading week officially began Wednesday and I basically spent the day sleeping. Thursday, I spent the day writing in airports, and on two different planes (I have a layover in Chicago). I left my house at 7.30 am and I arrived in Tampa Bay at 6.10 pm. Therefore, I had plenty of time to write and study! I wanted to write a little recap of the last months of training (I’ll post this one up tomorrow morning!) and what’s in my backpack (today’s post!).

I only had a carry-on bag and I’m leaving for a total of 6 days so I had to choose what to bring with me wisely!

First thing first, here are my race day essentials (as you might have seen on my Instagram account.


  • Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS watch; I’ve had this watch for almost 4 years now and it still works as new. I love this watch, it’s the most useful running gear that I ever had.
  • Jaybird Bluetooth earphones; No wires and they are small enough to fit in my pockets if I just want to run without music. PLUS, the customer service is amazing. My Jaybird X2 stopped working properly and in two weeks I received new Jaybird freedom at no cost! I am very grateful for their warranty.
  • Rekarb gels; these are the only gels I can take while running. It’s only maple syrup and salt (#Canadian products haha).
  • Brooks Launch 3; I was kind of terrified I would forget my shoes somehow.
  • Lululemon run shorts; they’re my favorite shorts ever. I’ve had them for like, 5 years or so… Might be time to buy new ones, but they still fit!
  • ASICS socks; the only socks that prevent blisters (for me). I’ve tried pretty much every kind of socks on the market and they are my all-time favorite.
  • Running bras; don’t forget your usual underwear because NOTHING new on race day. Chafing is real!!!
  • Water bottle; I brought an empty water bottle with me at the airport and filled it at a starbucks while buying my coffee.
  • Body glide; it works like a charm to prevent blisters and chafing!
  • My action camera and selfie stick; I don’t know how I will use it yet but I would love to make a vlog while in Florida. I have no idea how this will turn out but I will try!

Of course, don’t forget to bring:

  • Your passport
  • Your health care assurance or card (you never know). I always bring my health card on me while running a race.
  • Your bib number
  • Your flight information if you take the plane;)
  • Your laptop, ipad, iphone, kindle or whatever keeps you entertained!
  • A water bottle! You can fill it up in the airport :)!



Did I forget anything?

Did you ever run an international race? (I ran a 5k in Florida in 2015 but never a longer race)

What is your favorite running gear?


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