In less than 24 hours I will be leaving on a plane to Reykjavik, Iceland (Yes, I just learned to spell Reykjavik WITHOUT spell check, proud of me? 😉 should be.)
So I thought I would blog about how I am feeling, my carry on, and what I am expecting to get out of this whole trip.
Pre-race jitters? Yeah, the fact that I don’t feel anything worries me. I have had NO pre-race weird dreams, no nerves, no nothing! So basically, I am worried that I am NOT worried…if that makes ANY sense. Before a marathon I generally have dreams of me forgetting my Garmin and shoes, or running mile one then having to start all over again, or getting locked in a bathroom before the race and ending up missing it all together. Not this time! Maybe it will set in when I step on my second flight from Seattle to Reykjavik.
Pre-trip jitters? YEP! So basically this is my first big trip out of the country by myself. No mommy, no daddy, no brother, no boyfriend. Just me. That gives me butterflies a little, but the little adventurous Jenn gets a little excited at the same time. I have been SO busy the past few weeks. I have been getting used to a new job, I have moved house, I went to Seattle, and so on. I had some MAJOR things slip my mind before this trip that I am beating myself up over a little bit. I forgot to pre-order currency! I know I will figure it out but oh boy. I also have that “uh oh” feeling in my tummy that I have forgotten things for the trip! I have checked my bag SO many time this morning it is remarkable.
I have run 3 destination races now and I see the importance of packing efficiently and in a smart way. Since I have never flown on either of the two airlines I am taking, I am going to 100% pack the necessities that I cannot replace IF my bags were to be misplaced. Those necessities for me include:
- Garmin, Charger and HR chest strap. (I used the Forerunner 310 XT)
- Ipod mini and ear buds
- Racing flats (I wear Boston Adidas II)
- Fuel (My lovely cliff bars)
- Fuel belt with bottles
- Singlet (Just for this race, my team diabetes singlet) with itinerary
- List of phone numbers (I.C.E, hotels, Team Diabetes coordinators etc)
- compression socks
Personally this is what I bring, but I am sure some people vary with their opinions on this. I figure that clothing is pretty replaceable in a “must have” situation so I don’t pack it with me. I will be bringing other things like my neck pillow, laptop and magazines too but these are just running essentials.
I have been asked this a lot. Now, with Team Diabetes you have a choice on destination. I have this fascination with knowing my heritage, my family tree, my roots. In fact, the tattoos I do have on my body have to do with those things. They are very important to me. My great grandmother was Icelandic and I have wanted to go to Iceland but never saw a change arise. This was my chance. It would have been nice to go and run in Rio, or any other hot destination too but I figure this is a place I would LOVE to run in. I run best in cooler temperatures and the scenery looks so neat!
What I hope to get from this trip?
I will be honest, and in no way am I TRYING to be a debbie downer..but I have had the worst experience with fundraising. It has totally turned me off of it and I know for a fact, I will never try something like this ever again. I have become VERY bitter about how people are and I don’t like how bitter I have become at all! I want to think the best of people, but I have been prove pretty wrong when it comes to asking for help. I hope to find this trip beneficial in some way. I have found myself becoming more cynical, more whiny and more complainy then ever before purely due to this fundraising and I hate it. I believe that you should be cautious of the energy you exute to others because you can lift up or bring people down with the things you say. I don’t like feeling like I am a debbie downer and have done my best to bottle up all this frustration. To say the least, I can’t wait to have it done with.
I hope that this trip will be memorable in a good way, that I will learn about my Great Grandmothers culture and city. I also hope to Personal best my race, but I won’t be butt hurt if I don’t. I want to enjoy the beautiful landscape as much as I can for 42.2 km of running! 😉
I also wonder if I will be able to fit an Icelandic pony in my suitcase home. Do you think anyone would notice? Or maybe I could ride one for 42.2 km instead 😉
Blog/Vlog my travels?
I plan on blogging as long as the internet connection is decent. I hear the Wifi is amazing there, so I will do my best. I was going to Vlog, but I am still unsure. I may vlog if I feel up to it, but no promises here.
Anyway, I love you all! Stay tuned for the blogs and the photos to come! I will take many!