I realize I left out food and gear from my race report, so here’s that info:
- Altra Superior 2.0 and injinji toe socks for 69 miles, Hoka Stinson Evo and Balega socks for 31 miles. I lost one of the Hoka’s at the race finish, but those have been around for 2.5 years so it was time anyway.
- Tobacco Road Marathon calf sleeves, started with them more for warmth than the supposed compression benefits, kept them for protection from the trail which was overgrown in some places. Also started with arm warmers due to the start temps, quickly took them off.
- Nike combat pro compression with a Prana Mojo short the entire race. I use these shorts for everything — running, hiking, biking, swimming — the later was quite appropriate for the weather!
- Ice breaker sleeveless top until mile 69, then icebreaker 200 weight half zip top the rest of the way. Ultimate direction rain shell for most of the race — amazing light weight and kept the water off.
- Florida coast to coast buff — something that’s been with me for every major race for 12-13 years. Under Armor fleece hat, plain black wool buff. A couple kinds of gloves.
- UD AK vest for the 1st 55 miles, UD PB for the last 45. Just used two handhelds the entire way.
- Petzl tikka rxp and a fenix PD32 UE (that I never used).
- Carried duct tape, vasoline, and the like.
- Vfuels were again a constant, I can always get those down.
- I had one pack of UCANN to start, and had more in my drop bags, but never felt like that is quite what I wanted/needed. The non plain versions come across as VERY sweet.
- I also carried these amazing “chewy balls” which are peanut butter, oats, dark chocolate, honey, etc. But for some reason, after the 1st 5 or 6, I did not care for any more the rest of the way.
- Epic bars — both Bison and Bacon — these are always good. 🙂
- MAPS (BCAAs) — tried to shoot for 5 every hour.
- Endurolytes – with the humidity during the day I thought a few of these would be worthwhile.
- Vitamin I — really trying to get away from this completely but I’m not quite there yet. I think 400mg every 5 – 6 hours.
- I had a Bonk Breaker or two for the 1st time, and they were pretty good.
- From the aid stations: bacon, egg, cheese, quesadillas; tomato soup; broth with rice; ramen with noodles. The warm broths were very welcome all night in the cold weather!