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How to Pack for a Race like a Rockstar! Starring Eagle Creek

I haven’t always loved running, but I have always LOVED traveling. Now that I can combine running and traveling for a ‘race-cation’, it’s been a ton of fun! I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a last minute packer. I put it off till the day before and then my suitcase can be a real mess. The Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport bags are a game changer for packing, especially when packing running/workout clothes. 

IMG_0732I hate that feeling you get when you are on your way to the airport and you know you forgot something. I can’t always pinpoint what I forgot, but you know an essential is missing. Then it drives you insane until you figure out what it is. That is the WORST. Vacation is supposed to be relaxing right? One of the reasons I love the Eagle Creek bags is because they make it easy to make sure you have everything. You put it all away into the nice little compartments and you know it is there. You won’t forget to put it in your suitcase! 

Another reason I love them is because it makes transporting sweaty clothes and dirty shoes much easier. One time when I came home from a race in Mexico, I had to wash EVERYTHING in my suitcase because my sweaty clothes left everything damp. That would not have happened If I had used Eagle Creek bags. 

There are so many ways you could use these bags! Watch the video below to see them in action. I show you what I pack when I am planning on running on vacation and you can see how these bags all fit into my carry-on suitcase! 

Pretty cool huh?! 
How would you use these bags? What packing tips do you have for a race or a trip? I would love to know! Please share in the comments below.

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Disclaimer: I received a set of Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport bags as part of my association with the RockNBlog team. I was not required to review them, but I loved them so I wanted to share with you. All opinions are my own.

Christmas Travels & The Grinch

In a few of my past posts, I have eluded to the fact that I won’t be home for Christmas, and that I allowed myself to start Christmas earlier than normal this year because of that.

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Usually I don’t start Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I started getting in the spirit earlier this year given that I wouldn’t have as long to enjoy it here at home. I didn’t see much point in decorating and putting all this stuff up to only be able to enjoy it for a few weeks. I even considered not putting up a Christmas tree since we were going to be gone for a few weeks, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that. I love the Christmas season too much not to put up a tree. 

Christmas holds a very special place in my heart. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed with Christmas, but I LOVE the season, the traditions that come with this time of year,  all the crafting that I get inspired to do, the sparkles, glitter lights and decor that come around this time of year. 

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This is NOT my entry way, but one day I could see my entry way looking like this 

I also LOVE the time with family, the time off from work, and of course, the reason for the season – Christ’s birth. It’s a wonderful time of reflection and centering before the new year starts. I love it. 

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I have traveled at Christmas time before, but it has usually been before or after Christmas. It has been a long time since I have been out of town on the 25th. The few times I have been gone on Christmas, I have been with my immediate family.  This year is going to be different. I will be with family, but not my side of the family. Since getting married, my immediate family is obviously my husband and I. This year, we are going to Mexico to spend Christmas with his side of the family. 

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this is seriously me every time that I pack for a trip… LOL

So you may think, what is the big deal? You are still going to be with family and you husband on Christmas. Well… a few years ago, there was a tragedy on my side of the family RIGHT before Christmas. Christmas that year was far from normal and ever since that year, it has been so special for us to be able to be together. The traditions in Mexico are also different, they celebrate on the night of the 24th, not on the morning of the 25th. I am going to miss celebrating in the way that is near and dear to my heart. I am excited to be there are spend time with my husband’s family, but I couldn’t help but be a  little sad. 

I never used to be able to put my finger on it, but in reflecting about what I was going to miss most, I realized  that my favorite part of Christmas is Christmas morning. Waking up with excitement, having coffee and a special breakfast, opening stockings and just sitting around together in our PJs just being together. 

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I knew it would still be Christmas, just different. The climate, the decor, the lights, the traditions, everything would be different. I kept telling myself, “Sarah, get over it, it’s gonna be different but there is no reason to be upset or sad”. I think the traumatic situation from a few years ago still sticks with me and I just don’t want to take a second with my loved ones for granted. It seems to bother me more at this time of year than any.

THEN, the other night, we watched The Grinch. That is one of my most favorite Christmas movies. Boy did the message of that movie HIT ME HARD an right at home. 

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The Grinch tries to “steal” Christmas from Whoville by sneaking into the town on Christmas Eve and stealing all the decorations, presents, stockings, wreaths, trees, the Christmas feast and EVEN the roast beast! 

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Then he takes all of Christmas up to the top of the mountain to dump it off. When he gets to the top of the mountain, he thinks he will hear the people crying and being sad about Christmas not being there. Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 2.14.06 PM

But, instead of hearing that, he hears them singing and celebrating the coming of Christmas as they normally would, even though all the “material” part of Christmas is gone. 

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Then you know how the movie ends, the Grinch brings everything he stole back to Whoville and celebrates Christmas with them. 

I heard that message loud and clear. I tear up a little watching The Grinch, but this time I full on cried.
I realized I was spending time being sad about not being able to celebrate Christmas the way we had since we got married. I was focusing on traditions and STUFF, not WHY we celebrate Christmas.

Even though we will be gone, and things will be different, Christmas is still Christmas even without stockings, a special breakfast, PJs and traditions. Christmas is going to come and is celebrated no matter where you are, no matter who you are with, and no matter what decorations are up. Of course I will miss my sister and the rest of my family, BUT I still get to celebrate the birth of Christ, I will be with family and I will be with the man that I love. 

I am thankful to have been reminded about what is important. I am looking forward our trip, to the warmer weather and getting to know my husband’s family more. We won’t be on the beach πŸ™ but it will still be in the 70s, so you already know I am going to be getting some outdoor runs and workouts in. 

Are you traveling this Christmas? Will you be with your family? What is your favorite part of the season? 

XOXO
Stay Sweet!
Sarah