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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Packing for a 50 mile run

 I am certainly no expert on this, but these are some of things I brought along, and what worked for me.

I got ginger chews and blister protectors from 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 wore it around my neck and whenever the wind would get going, or I was just feeling cold (which was most of the day), I would pull it up over my mouth and nose. It was awesome. It's thin enough to breathe through, but also kept me warm. I'm pretty sure Dan was embarrassed to be seen with me, but heck, I was warm! :) They have so many cute styles and patterns too. I'm thinking a giveaway might be in your future...

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!!



  1. I've loved reading your blog as you have been training for this 100.. Great job on your 50 miler, you are so impressive! Wow, the next 4 weeks are going to fly, and I can't wait to hear how your 100 goes!!!

    1. Thanks girl! I actually wasn't able to get in all 50, due to the horrible trail conditions. But I did 35, and it felt like 100!

  2. Haha so much fuel involved in a 50 mile run! You sure your not just going for a picnic? ;)
    Love that hoorag, cute print!

    1. I know, it sounds like I'm just going on a picnic with that food! Lol!

  3. legs 'just a little sore'? Yep... adding to my theory that you're a machine!
    That head cover/does everything/thingie is awesome!! The design is adorable!
    Ginger chews... mmm... I may need those for car sickness.

    1. Aww thanks doll! I was surprised, I didn't think I'd be able to move afterwards! Now after 100, I guarantee I won't be walking for awhile! Yes, the chews are good for car sickness too. They got great reviews.

  4. What do you ise for electrolytes? I can't handle Gatorade (or many other electrolyte drinks) so I use Nutribiotic Electrolyte Caps and alternate them with salt caps, whch seems to work well. Blisters on the bottoms of your feet...OUCH! Glad that's all better. Hope your cold leaves you soon too!

    1. Oh, also, be careful taking ibuprofen while running! My orthopedic doc gave me a stern lecture/warning about taking it while running (and actually made me sign something saying I got the lecture from him) saying that it can cause kidney damage. He actually had a patient who was a competitive skiier who lost a kidney aftrr taking NSAIDS while competing! Scary!

    2. Ya know, I don't take any electrolytes. I do need to do that. I'll look for those caps, and get some.
      I did not know that about ibuprofen! I mostly took it for the cold that I woke up with that morning. But I did feel great while I was running. Definitely not worth it for kidney damage though! Thanks girl.

    3. Just the mommy worry wart in me! Want you to be able to run this super strong! I love the electrolyte caps... totally helps with cramping and will help prevent hypoatremia (electrolyte imbalance from drinking just water that can cause severe complications. My hubs is an ocean outrigger canoe racer and one year during a 6 hour race his friend passed out and had to be hospitalized from drinking too much plain water and not enough electrolytes! ) Hugs and super strong ultra running vibes being sent your way :) <3

    4. Oops on the spelling...hyponatremia :)

  5. I loved reading this post..I have a long way to go before I can cover this much distance but thanks for sharing all your experiences...good luck with your 100k I am sure you will be great as usual

  6. First of all...I live on GinGin's. They are lifesavers when I go running and it upsets my stomach...usually after a marathon. Nice choice.

    You definitely need to fuel better in order to perform better. That is a lesson to be learned for sure. I am enjoying your adventures toward your big day!!

    1. I'm glad to hear that about the Gin Gin's. I know they got a lot of great reviews. I sure learned the fueling lesson the hard way! Thanks Karen!

  7. Thank you these are awesome tips, as I try for a 50 miler June 7th!

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