So not only did I plan to run my first 50k, I planned to travel and camp the night before (and after). Ironically I listened to a Trail Talk by Rock Creek Runner podcast the week before exactly titled “How to Tavel and Camp Before an Ultramarathon.” And basically, what I got as the biggest takeaway was pack more than you think you need — be over-prepared vs. under-prepared.
I didn’t know how the race would work, but you are allowed to have a drop bag. The podcast recommends separating your drop bag before you leave. I didn’t make a specific drop bag (since I went alone), but I made a bag specific for of all my race stuff (the clear blue bag from the NYC marathon above).
Race Day outfit
Race day essentials + my “sherpa pack” (aka additional gear) which included:
Long sleeve running shirt
Asics Packable Jacket
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Trail Running Shoe (the shoes I normally run trails in. However I ended up switching it up to my Hoka’s (my normal marathon shoes) at the last moment)
Injini Trail 2.0 Midweight Mini-Crew
Buff Original Buff
Skinfix Rash Repair Balm
Sunscreen (face + body)
Tent, footprint + hammer
Extra sleeping bag
Camp utensils (fork, knife, spoon, spatula, kitchen knife)
Swiss army knife
Poler camp mug (similar here)
Shower stuff (towel, travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofa, flip flops)
Magazines (Outside Magazine, Trail Runner)
Wet ones/make-up wipes
Lululemon Runder Under leggings x2
Lululemon Trail Bound Shorts
Patagonia Strider Shorts
T-shirts (Hoppy Beer Hoppy Life, Sol Raiz Organics, Nixon)
Poler crew neck sweatshirt
Nixon hooded sweatshirt
Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Running Shoes
Phew! That was an exhaustive list, but I think that’s all. I’ll be sharing what I did in terms of nutrition (pre-race dinner, pre-race breakfast, what I ate during the race, etc.) next!
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