I got ginger chews and blister protectors from zombierunner.com. This site has everything you can imagine, related to running! I'm so glad I found it. I didn't use any ginger chews, thankfully I didn't have any stomach issues. I'll still bring them for my 100, just in case though, I've heard they work wonders!
I did use the blister protectors, but because of all the water and snow, they didn't stay in place. When I got home and saw that I had blisters on the bottoms of my feet, I decided to put some of the protectors on at that time, and I was able to walk much easier.
Handwarmers were awesome!! I got them for only .75 at Kroger. They lasted about 8 hours, even after falling through the ice into the freezing water!
Ibuprofin (even though Dan called me a cheater for taking some! Hey, whatever it takes.)
Vaseline (didn't use, but just in case)
Chapstick (I was very grateful for this, I know the wind would've chapped my lips bad)
Toilet paper (Not needed because there were a lot of bathroom/port a pottie things on the trail)
3 extra pairs of socks
2 jugs of water
I used my Hoorag for the first time! I was SO happy to have it, and I loved it. And how cute is it!!
|SO many ways to wear it!|
I now have 2 pairs of trail running shoes. Adidas Thrasher TR 2 and Hi-Tec total terrain aero shoes.
I had one pair, and ordered the 2nd pair, but of course they didn't arrive until after I got home! So I wore the same pair during the whole run, something that definitely contributed to my blisters!
You know how I like doing things the hard way, right? Well, I bought a hydration pack, and for some reason didn't test it out at home first. What was I thinking? See, do as I SAY, not as I DO!!
We get to the park, I fill it up with water- and nothing happens. I can't get the water to come out of the tube! I was cold and didn't feel like messing with it, trying to get it to work. So I ended up carrying a water bottle with me, for 11 hours. That was very annoying!!
Once I got back home I figured out that you have to cut open the valve so the water can come out.
One of these days I'll learn to try things first, before waiting until it's too late!
Hydration and Fuel:
I drank mostly water. Dan brought some Gatorade, so I had a few sips of that. My stomach does not like Gatorade, so I made sure not to drink too much.
I brought about 10 GU's with me. But... I left them all in the car. Oh, I worry myself sometimes!
Dan carried a backpack and had some peanut m&m's and some chex mix. I also made some PB & J's for us, so we ate those as well.
I know I didn't eat enough the whole day. I ate very, very little. Honestly, I was never hungry at all. Which is not a good excuse. I know that's why I almost passed out once I got home. Lesson learned!!
So, I learned quite a bit, and I know I'll be better prepared for my 100 in 4.5 weeks!
My legs are still a little sore today, but I just need to go for a run, which I will do today! My feet are all better and blisters are gone.
I actually woke up sick on Saturday morning, but felt fine all day long. Then Sunday it all came back with a vengeance. I'm still trying to get over it. (Headache, cough and sinus stuff)
Feel free to ask any questions! Have a great day, friends!!