Disclaimer: I’ve never ran an ultra marathon, so this is pretty much a guess. Hopefully it turns out okay!!
In just two sleeps I’ll be running my first ultra marathon.
Instead of overthinking race day, I’m going to show you my essentials for what I hope to be a successful race day. And by successful I mean crossing the finish line in a mostly upright position with a smile/grimace on my face 🙂
I mean, this is probably a given, but I’m all about wearing clothes when I’m running.
I’ll be wearing my favourite green Oiselle Flyte tank because it makes me happy. I’m wavering between shorts capris for race day. I’m leaning toward shorts because the weather has changed yet again and it forecast to be 20C.
This will also be paired with arm sleeves at the start (I’ll probably take them off within the first 7km) and calf sleeves because they’ve been helping with my leg issue.
I’m going to be rocking my favourite purple Newton Motion’s. These shoes took me a bit to get used to, but they are my new favourite shoes. They have more cushioning than the Gravity’s and I’m a big fan of cushion when I’ll be running for 5.5 hours.
I used last Sunday as a trial run for my race day outfit, including my hydration pack.
It was awesome.
I’m going to be filling mine with Vega Electrolye Hydrator since it’s going to be a warm day and I’ll also be grabbing water when needed as well.
I have absolutely no idea exactly how many gels I’m going to need. I’m going to guess around 10 or 11 if I take one every 30-45 minutes.
I don’t want to run low on fuel and crash, so I’ll be erring on the side of too many 🙂
Since I don’t want to totally drain my iPhone battery, I’ll be without my beloved Songza for the run, but will be making myself a kickass playlist for the run.
I still have yet to do this because I generally dislike playlists which is why I use Songza 🙂
6. A kickass pacer
A few weeks ago I decided running with a pace group would probably be my best bet. It’ll allow me to turn my brain off (for the most part) and just run. Hopefully I’ll even get to distract myself by chatting with the other people in my group while I run.
Earlier this week I looked up my pacer and, well, I win.
(Note: he’s not the random girl in the images).
7. A cheer squad
Standing on the side of the road to cheer on a friend isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. I get it. But seeing a familiar face, especially in the dark, hitting the wall, zone, can be a huge inspiration.
One of my favourite things to do when running is to give high-fives to the little kids cheering because they’re just so dang cute.
If you’re hesitant to cheer someone on, believe me when I say it’ll mean the world to them. It really will.
Note: finish line hugs are included in here. If you aren’t able to stand out on the course, cheer your person on just before the finish – it’ll push them across the line and you know you’ll get a thank you hug (just don’t breathe through your nose).
8. Body Glide
This sucker is going to get a lot of use on Sunday morning.
If you’ve never ran a race you may not realize the important of a pre-race poop.
It’s important. Trust.
And that’s all I have to say about that 🙂
10. A smile
How corny, right?
I’ve spent a lot of the two previous weeks pretty stressed out about this race. I finally realized that I have to let my stress go, slap a smile on my face and do it.
You know what?
I feel better already.
What are your race day essentials?
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