Alexa Hasman, Owner and Coach at Fit Life and Gorgeous Guru
What you should do and not do when living the #vanlife during a relay race.
If you have never done a relay race, spending 12-36 hours in a van with 5 other smelly, sweaty people can be the most intimidating and stressful part of the race. After years of relay race experience and as a running coach I am here to breakdown how to survive, thrive and run well while experiencing the relay race van life.
Food, Drinks and Gear:
You are going into a relay race and you are sharing one space among 6 people and a ton of running gear, clothes, shoes, blankets, pillows and food. Van space is small, in case you haven’t experienced it, and precious.
My biggest tip for how to make sure you don’t over pack your van and end up sitting with mountains of gear surrounding you is to create a list of must-haves and have your team members sign up for what they want to bring. I make the list and post it in a team facebook group and everyone comments with what they want to bring and with anything extra and special they want to include (beef jerky is a popular add-on for my teams). Below I have an example list of items for you to get an idea from. Doing this ensures that you don’t end up with 65 bananas and 17 tubes of icy hot.
Being A Good Van Mate:
Spending that much time with 5 other people when you are exhausted, sore and gross feeling can test your emotions. That is why it is very important to remember these things to make sure the relay is fun and everyone gets along.
Staying Healthy and Running Happy:
Being in a van after you just ran your heart out can be a sweaty and crampy experience. Knowing that you have to do it again in a few hours can be daunting as your legs tighten up and you feel muscles you didn’t even know existed. Being successful in relay racing means keeping your body healthy as you sit in the van. Here are my top tips for keeping your body functioning and working well.
Relay running is an adventure with so many fun times and memories to be made. Remember to cherish this time and your ability to do this with all your awesome van mates. Have fun and happy relaying!
If you need anyone one-on-one advice or want to train with our awesome groups, reach out to us at www.thefitlifepdx.com
Winter has come to an end and Spring Break is wrapping up, which means that race season is upon us but how do we get back into running after maybe taking a break to avoid the cold and dark time of the year? This is a question that plagues runners all across the Pacific Northwest and as running coach, this is the season where I see a lot of people jump both feet in back into running and racing and often times getting injured or frustrated. Here are my pro tips on coming back to running in a healthy and strong way:
Go out there and get your goals! The Gorgeous Series is cheering you on and we can’t wait to see you out on the relay courses this year!
For more tips or advice on returning to running, feel free to message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get more tips, strategies, coaching and encouragement from Alexa at Fit Life. Alexa coaches all abilities in groups and one-on-one. We love having people from Alexa's groups join us for group runs and relays - they are fun to run with, have such a positive attitude, and are fun to hang out with post-run, as well!