I’m signed up for an event this Saturday called the Iron Horse 50 Mile Endurance Run. Why I’m doing this is a subject for another post. If all goes well, I’ll be moving slowly through the piney woods of Northeast Florida for about 12-15 hours Saturday. However, my thinking in terms of this post is, “if you had to boil your life down to survive for one day, what would you take? What would you leave?
There are aid stations every 5.5 miles so I don’t have to carry enough food and water for 50 miles — only for 5.5. There’s also a drop bag point at 25 miles to pick up gear that will be needed for the rest of the journey. So, it’s not nearly as extreme as it could be. Yet for some who is fifty years old and 220 lbs., this will be quite a test of mind, body, and will. Weather-wise, the low is supposed to be around 55 F and the high about 78 F. So, here goes:
For Event Itself
Patagonia tech shirt
Pearl Izumi infinity shorts
Hoka One One Stinson Evo 12.5 (yes, they look like clown shoes but they feel really great!
Wicked Skins Sleeves
Ultimate Direction 2 bottle pack
Dirty Girl gaiters
Visor or headband
4 gels or so
small vial of bag balm
Watch (maybe — could stress me out! Also, I’m slow enough that a calendar might be more useful)
Safety pins (for number and to pop blisters)
For drop bag
Bag Balm container
Short sleeve tech shirt
long sleeve tech shirt
Headlight (yes, I will be out after dark!)
Ipod (questionable — I don’t usually run with music, especially on trails, but it may get me through!)
Before and after
Change of clothes
Big props to you! I will one day do a ultra too!