I'm pretty good at packing a race bag, I know the things I need beforehand and I know what things I like to have waiting for me when I finish. But packing for an ultra marathon is a whole different story. This time my bag is not going to be sitting around while I'm out running. No sir, I'm going to be running for so much longer than ever before that I will be giving my bag to our support team and going in and out of it at checkpoints every 5km or so. Whoa, game changer.
Like a good little runner I've been talking to lots of people and doing lots of reading about what I should bring with me. Not because I can't figure out the necessities but because I'm hoping my soon-to-be fellow ultra marathoners might take pity on first-timer me and give me some tips. And they have. And I'm so thankful for their help.
In 4 more sleeps I am going to my first ultra marathon and in my bag I will pack...
Bits of advice I've received so far:
I'm planning to pack all of my extra gear in a knapsack and all of my food in a small cooler.
Have you ever run an ultra marathon before? What do you think of my list? Any suggestions or omissions?