50 Mile Race - Gear List



My first 50 mile race, the longest race I've ever run, is coming up on April 25. I'm a mixture of excitement and nerves! To calm my nerves a little, I've made a list of what I'll carry during the race and what I'll eat on race morning.

Wear
shirt with pocket
Skirt Sports Adventure Skirt with 5 pockets
hat
buff to pour cold water on to cool my neck (I'm expecting a warm day.)
comfy socks and shoes

Apply
Banana Boat Sport sunscreen
Ivy X pre-contact poison ivy spray (Just in case I run into some poison ivy again!)
Gold Bond Friction Defense (like Body-glide, but sold at my local grocery store)
deodorant

Fuel for the Run
Nathan Handheld Quickdraw Water Bottle
20 GU gels (taken every 30 minutes, about the same as my fuel plan for my last marathon and 50K race)
may supplement with aid station fuel: Hammer gels and Heed drink

Also Carry
Garmin Forerunner 220 GPS watch
phone
phone charger (It'll be a long race!)
ear buds
light
ankle timing chip and race bib
Happy thoughts!

Pre-run Meal 
instant oatmeal, a banana and coffee (Coffee may reduce perceived exertion. Need that!)

Is there anything you'd add to my list? 

Comments

  1. Looks like you have everything down. Woohoo. Getting close.

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    1. Very close! I'm glad I started this list a week before race day... I've already updated it a couple of times today.

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  2. 20 Gus seems like so many but 50 miles is a long way! Only a week to go!

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  3. So exciting!!! Looks like a good list. The only 2 things I might add would be:

    Salt Tabs (especially if you're expecting a warm day)
    Pretzels (both for the salt aspect as well as just having some real food to combat 'gu stomach')

    Have fun....I hope you have an awesome experience :)

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    1. Thanks for reminding me of the salt tabs! I don't use them much anymore, but I want to bring some, just in case. I'll pick up some pretzels from the aid station if I get that 'GU stomach'. Thanks!

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  4. 50 miles is amazing! You rock - and have a great run - enjoy it!

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    1. Thank you! I can hardly wait for Saturday!

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  5. Can't wait to hear all about your race!!!

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    1. The race starts at 6AM. I hope to report back that I didn't trip over any alligators in the dark!

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  6. You will do great! Thankfully the forecast for race day is dry so far, although there are supposed to be thunderstorms the day before, so I imagine it might be muddy out there! One thing I am planning to get for this race is some bug spray. That is a really good idea to plan for poison ivy too.

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    1. Bug spray is a good idea! Good point about the trails being muddy from the rain. We might be doing a little slipping and sliding!

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  7. Safety pins in case something breaks and extra elastic for your hair (if you wear ponytail). If you have a drop bag, put a first aid kit/bandaids and anything else you may need for injury or foot repair :) In drop bag also spare set of clothes and socks. Have a great time!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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    1. Thanks for the great reminders! Safety pins are a good idea in case you find out they forgot to put some in your packet. Happened to me when I was out of town - had a tough time finding some the night before the race.

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  8. Good luck on your first 50 miler! I can't imagine running that far... I've done two marathons and I KNOW that is my upper limit in terms of length for a race...

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    1. Thanks and congrats on your two marathon finishes! I started with a couple of 50K's after doing marathons and then came the thought of running a 50 mile race. It was a slow progression for me.

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  9. You are ready! When I ran my first 50k, two ladies introduced me to salk pills. It was so warm and humid and I was so very glad I took one. Also, a great tip was to take another buff (or 2) and wrap around your hand and wrist. It came in so handy as a "tissue" and also protects your hands f you fall. I still do this in the winter when my nose runs like a faucet in cold weather!

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    1. Thanks! That's another good reason for the buff. Running and runny noses go together - unfortunately!

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  10. You sound well prepared! I can't think of another thing. I am sure you will do amazing!

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    1. Thanks! There's a good chance of rain the day before so I'm going to wear the shoes I have that I won't mind getting covered in mud. I might be slipping and sliding on race day!

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    2. speaking of rain and trails... have you tried wearing gaiters? i hear they really help.i have yet to try...

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    3. If I had some, I'd wear them. I guess I'll just have to stop to get those pesky rocks out of my shoes!

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  11. Good luck Tina! I am excited to hear how this goes for you. The only thing I might add to your list is some sort of salt source since it sounds like it is going to be a hot one! Have fun!

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    1. Many of my GU flavors I'm bringing have added salt like the salted watermelon and salted caramel. Thanks for the reminder!

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  12. Wow! That's a ton of stuff, but like you said, it's a long race and you'll be out there awhile. I am calmed my laying out my stuff and getting organized, too. I'm sure you'll do great! Just a few more days!

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    1. Pulling out all that stuff for the blog post photo was a great way to get me started early on race preparation!

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  13. I can't wait to hear how this race goes. So excited for you! Good luck

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    1. Thanks and congrats, again, on your Boston Marathon finish!

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  14. I always keep in my race drop bag, Immodium AD--A life saver if you need it!
    I can't wait to read about your finish!

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I'm feeling those nervous butterflies since the race is tomorrow, but I'm excited to get started!

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  15. Eeeek I hoe it went well!! I think it's crazy that despite running being such a simple sport, so much planning has to go into preparing for a long distance event.

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    1. And you could bring a lot more: like a second pair of shoes and socks, but I knew that I didn't want to take the time to stop during the race and hoped I wouldn't need more stuff. Everything worked out, though!

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