Almost There…


My race-day outfit is all picked out! Here’s what I’ll be wearing:

Patagonia Everlongs

This is a tough race to select shoes for. There’s the single track, which you could use road flats on; the muddy sections, which you want lugs for; and the stairs – I’m not sure what you want for those! I’m going with the Everlongs because I’ve always felt more comfortable in a road-style shoe.

Swiftwick Aspire One Socks


These are the best socks out there. Enough said.

Sugoi Shorts


These aren’t the exact shorts I run in but they’re pretty close. They only have one pocket on each side, which I don’t love, but they have a compression liner that I don’t want to go without.

The North Face Better Than Naked Singlet


This is the singlet I picked back in April – I bet the suspense has been killing you!

…And a Hat




I’m not sure which hat to run in! I did my last ultra in the B.H. hat and it went well. However, it’s going to be hot and sunny on Sunday so maybe a lighter hat would be better. This is going to be a last minute decision! (Sadly, they both clash with the rest of my outfit)




Gen UCAN is my go-to drink. I’ll be able to carry about six scoops or so with me – ideally, I’d only drink Gen UCAN for the race but I don’t want to be a mule either.

Nathan SpeedDraw and Nathan QuickDraw



I’ll be carting around my fluids in a Nathan SpeedDraw (first 25 miles) and a Nathan QuickDraw (second 25 miles). I prefer the feel of the SpeedDraw but it holds a little less fluid and it is a little trickier to refill.



Let’s face it – gels are terrible. These are the least terrible ones out there. Not only that, they are excellent fuel. So there you have it.

Picky Bars


I’m hoping to get down two Picky Bars during the race. I ate one when I “practiced” on the course and I managed okay. Hopefully, I’m able to replicate that effort on race day.





The race is providing lots of GU! I don’t love it but I’ve been practicing with it the last few weeks and my stomach can tolerate it (even if my taste buds cannot). I’m hoping they have orange. If my lips are blue in my race photos…

So my preparation is basically complete… just a few odds and ends to take care of..

What are your race-day essentials?

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19 Responses to Almost There…

  1. My local running store gave me a picky bar to try. Still in the wrapper. How are they?
    Are you running an Ultra? That’s a lot of food you just went over.

  2. um… I LOVE that you pick out a race day outfit…lol. I love reading what everyone brings bc it introduces me to new stuff I’ve never even heard of (seeing as I’m new to the marathon scene).

    I’m a very simple girl these days… its me, my garmin, gu, and compression socks… oh and I always rock my lucky braid…

    I can’t believe your race is here already! I can’t wait to read all about it! Good luck!

  3. lljkline says:

    Definitely the inov-8 hat 😉 Best of luck – you got this! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  4. emmelineruns says:

    Good luck! love all the gear picked out 🙂 Btw, I’d love to see you do an in-depth post on the Gen UCAN in the future, I’ve heard good things but the website confuses me a little and I’d like to see how people work into daily training versus just race day.

  5. erinobrienruns says:

    So glad you went with the blue North Face shirt! Is the UCAN similar to or better than Carbo Pro Hydra C-5? That’s what I always use for hot summer training. Best of luck to you this weekend Jason cant wait to hear how it goes!

  6. leerunsdistances says:

    Ummm duh! Go with the Hanson’s hat dude haha lol. And my race day essentials include hammer endurolytes fizz, and hammer gel

  7. runwright says:

    Hope it goes as planned… But then again, races rarely do. Just make sure you eat well and rest well and have a fun race!

  8. Shawna says:

    hope you have a great race! my essentials include Body Glide, sunglasses, my fave running clothes, and good music.

  9. Good luck to you! I love seeing what others wear and use for fuel. I love Tailwind Nutrition–have never heard of U Can but am interested in your future review 🙂

  10. lots of stuff to carry! good luck to you!

  11. I like your gear! My essentials for most races are: shoes, socks, shorts, singlet/tank, GU, sunglasses, hair ties, watch, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

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