Kit checking

As you'll have seen from my advert on the Hillary Trail Runners Facebook page, I'm having a crack at the first half of the Hillary tomorrow. While this is at least partially just about getting in a really long run in, it's also a really good chance to rehearse my approach to eating and drinking while on the run and to check out the kit that I intend to use for the race.

  • Shoes (Innov8 TrailRoc 255s)
  • Socks
  • Very well worn and comfortable running shorts
  • Vest
  • Hat (keep sun off)
Comfort is a key factor for me, particularly in the shorts region of things. Chafing sucks.
  • Camelbak (actually a biking hydration pack, but works for me)
  • Gels
  • Prezel sticks
  • Jelly beans
  • Garibaldi biscuits (a.k.a. Fly cemeteries, squashed fly biscuits etc...)
  • Rubbish bag (respect the land and don't leave your rubbish on it)
  • Light water / windproof top
  • Polypro top
  • Spare t-shirt
  • Thin gloves
  • Fleece hat
  • Medical kit, whistle and thermal blanket

I train with the kit I'll have in the race, even if I don't need it.

The number 1 rule of ultras is try nothing new on race day. I've suffered badly with chafing before and I really don't want to suffer again, so I'm going to stick to the rules!


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