Thursday, February 05, 2009

Why I was mumbling under my breath a lot today.

...while walking down the the elevator...on the stairs...

Hmm. 3 loops, about 16-2/3 miles each. Gonna be dawn when I start out, won't need a headlamp. Gonna be dark when I finish, so, I need a headlamp in my bag.

I HATE the idea of running the dark. Crap. I wish I could run.

Okay, I'll need to put the sides of my hair in two spazzy little ponytails, to keep it off my fair and out of my eyes. I'll need slimfast at the beginning of loops 2, 3, and at finish. 3 cans, in my bag. I'll need a protein bar at the finish. In my bag.

I'll need to take a caffeinated gel 10 minutes before the start, a PowerBar, and a gel, before the start of loops 2 and 3. Also, I need to have some fast-acting Tylenol, and maybe some Advil. Small foot repair kit. Wetnaps. Ziplock bags.

Okay, I'll need my race-ready capris. Need those extra pockets. Aid stations are about 3 mi apart, on average (5K) so I'll just carry a handheld bottle.

Arm warmers. Start out with these, drop them in the bag after loop 1.


Blanket. Around me at the start, and then put in my drop bag. NO--in the car. Then I'll put it on after I finish. Need some clean, dry clothes, too.

Need socks in the bag, just in case the grass is dewy in the morning and at night. 2 pairs. In the bag.

Jacket. Maybe. I'll wear it, and then tie it around my waist when I need to. Drop it off in the bag until sundown.

Sundown will occur during loop 3. I'll need to pick up my headlamp and jacket then.

Carry my knee thing in the drop bag, just in case.

Oh. Chap stick. Gotta have chap stick. Sunscreen. Tube in the drop bag. Vaseline and sportslick. Carry those.

Okay. So.

Drop bag:
  • 3 ziplock bags, labeled "loop 2" and "loop 3" and "finish"
  • Loop 2 bag: 1 can of slimfast, 1 power bar, and 1 caffeinated gel, 1 pair of socks.
  • Loop 3 bag: 1 can of slimfast, 1 power bar, and 1 caffeinated gel, headlamp, 1 pair of socks.
  • Finish bag: 2 protein bars, 1 slimfast, allergy pills
  • Loose: Sunscreen, Knee thing, Short-sleeved shirt, Foot repair kit, keys to the rental car
  • Race-ready capris with 5 pockets, long-sleeved shirt, non-chafing bra. Possibly a jacket. Sunglasses. 1 gel w/caffein, couple of bandaids, fast-acting Tylenol, Advil, in one small ziplock bag, Wetnaps, ziplock bags in one ziplock bag, Chap stick, Sportslick.
  • hand-held bottle, with asthma inhaler in the pocket

Have in the rental car:
blanket, 1 can slimfast, 1 power bar
clean, dry clothes including underwear
that eye shade thing that helps me sleep
Charger for the ipod.
cell phone
cheap cheddar cheese Ramen.

Okay. Well. I guess that's it, then.



  1. Good luck! i'll be thinking about you all day.

  2. S!-caps? Any kind of electrolyte pills?

    Towel? Camera? Hat? More food?

    Keep that inhaler safe! :)

    I'm only a little jealous.

  3. Good luck on the 50 miler!!!

  4. WOW. Way more complicated than you'd think.
    Good luck. Looking forward to your race report.

  5. Good luck and have fun! May I also suggest putting an extra inhaler in your finish bag, just in case? It'd suck to lose it out on the course mid race.

  6. Sending you lots of healthy vibes and good luck!

  7. The virtual cowbell will be ringing here, GG!

  8. Anonymous6:14 PM

    oh my gosh! I'm excited for you; can't wait to hear about it!

  9. Good idea about the inhaler! Never know when it might drop out of your pocket...I may put a third on in the rental car. The electrolytes will come from the drink they serve on the course, which is usually an electrolyte drink. I am not much of a sweater, so I'm not worried. I can put some in the drop bag just in case.

  10. I'm a big believer is taking everything "just in case". But I've never flown to a race so I imagine that alters the equation. Driving my car, I throw in anything and everything.

    But sounds like you're on track.

  11. You've got everything together, now relax you'll do great and have fun!

    Hey want every happen to the teenage smack down for skipping school?

  12. Go ROCK the H*LL out of Rocky!!

    Here's to a safe and successful first 50 miler!

    I wish I could be out there with you all. Soooo jealous.

  13. Looks like you have the equipment list figured out!! Best of luck on your 1st 50 miler, I am cheering for you!

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  15. Good Luck with weekend! Run or walk, 50 miles is 50 miles. Be PROUD of yourself!

  16. Good luck, Misty! We'll totally be thinking of you. Can't wait to read all about it!

  17. That's it then...Strong thoughts to you and Brian!

  18. Yowza~ Congrats on your 50! You weren't last and I can't even imagine what being on your feet for 18 hours was like...can't wait for the report!
    Hope you got an ice bath in afterwards....


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