After questions about my sanity, how you run 100 miles, if you walk, and if you sleep, the next questions are inevitably about gear. I thought I'd post what I plan to take with me... partially as a checklist for myself. Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler is coming up in a few weeks (February 6-7) in Huntsville, TX. I feel ready. Here's what I plan on taking with me:
Brooks Podium Short Sleeve Shirt- 1 lime green & 1 black TrySports one in case of rain
Brooks Revelation Trainer Sleeveless Shirt- Lime green
Brooks Sherpa Shorts- These are a little long, but they're nice and stretchy & have small pockets in the back.
New Balance Sequence Pants- Hope I don't have to wear these. I don't like running in anything except shorts. Won't unless it gets under 30 or I'm getting really slow and cold
Titan Wear Tri Shorts- I used to always race and run long runs in these.
Patagonia Long Sleeve Capilene Shirt (New River Trail 50K Finishers Shirt)
Injinji Mini-Crew Socks- Funny lookin' toe socks that I've never had toe blisters with.
Dirty Girl Gaiters - Prevent dirt and rocks from getting in your shoes. If bits of trail gunk get in your shoes for hours and hours you end up with blisters.
Brooks Adrenaline ASR 5- This will be my main shoe. I may run the whole race in these shoes, but I plan on taking others.
New Balance 873- These are EE width & are what I'll use if my feet swell.
Brooks Cascadia 2- I'll only use these if the Adrenaline ASRs get wet. I love these shoes but sometimes get a blister in them on longer runs.
Eatin' & Drinkin':
Hammer HEED- I used to drink a lot of this, but I drink more water and eat more gel & food now. I'll rely on aid stations for some of my food- pretzels, potatoes, crackers, cookies, Mountain Dew- whatever seems appealing at the time.
CarbBOOM Gel- My favorite tasting gel. Apple pie, Creamsicle, chocolate covered cherry, and all sorts of fantastic flavors.
Gu Gel- I like the taste of Gu too and have a boxful of it. It's got amino acids and vitamin C & E.
Clif Bloks- Feels more like food than a gel, but nutritionally, about the same. I've been eating a lot of these lately.
Clif Mojo Bar- Perfect mixture of salty & sweet.
Sport Beans- Something else I can chew when drinks & gels get old. Pretty sweet tasting and more simple sugars than I'd like, but whatever.
EAS AdvantEDGE Protein Shake- I'll down one of these at the end of the each 20 mile lap because I can't just eat carbs all day & night.
Emergen-C- Vitamin drink mix
Stonewall's Jerquee- Vegetarian fake beef jerky. Something nice to chew on that's very different from anything else I'll eat and will provide protein.
Supplements & Medication:
SaltStick Electrolyte Capsules - Depending on the temperature, I'll take one of these about every 2 hours or so.
Hammer Nutrition Anti-Fatigue Caps- I'm skeptical about supplements, but I swear I can tell a difference when I take these. Legs just feel better. I take one an hour on long runs, but I'll check with Hammer about how many is too many.
Ibuprofen- I have a tendency to take to many of these. None before I run. 3 every 6 hours?
8 Hour Tylenol
Sport Shield- Necessary anti-chafing lubricant. I carry this with me & reapply every 90 minutes or so though I probably don't need to. I LOVE this stuff. Works so much better than Body Glide in my opinion. Instead of the gunky Body Glide or the messy Vaseline, Sport Shield is a lot more viscous and slippery. Great!
Kinesio Tape- I don't use this in the way most people do. I tape my feet with it to prevent blisters.
Foam Roller- I put this on the ground and roll my hamstrings and crack my back with it. I'm not sure a chiropractor would approve, but it makes it feel so much better. The back absorbs a lot through miles & miles of pounding. I'll leave the roller at the start/finish line.
REI Single Shot Belt- I picked this up recently & wore it in my last 50K. Nice big main pocket for phone (with no crew, this is my portable cheering section), camera and Sport Shield. 2 additional pockets that will each fit about 2 gels. Carries 1 waterbottle up to 28 oz.
Nathan Quickdraw Plus- I doubt I'll use the handheld waterbottle, but I'll take it just in case.
Nathan HPL #020 Hydration Pack- When it gets late and I get slow, I might want to carry more with me. The belt might start giving me problems with chafing around my waste.
Polar S625X- Watch, heartrate monitor, pedometer, altimeter, etc. Do I even bother with the HRM strap? Nah.