Race Suggestions for Runners New to Ultra Distances
Veteran ultra-runners should already know these.
- Carry at least two 20 ounce water bottles. It will likely get warm (80 to 85 deg F) during the day and you are high elevation so you will likely need the water. Aid stations are 5 to 10 miles apart, welcome to the ultra world. Ultras do not have aid stations every mile or two like marathons.
- If you are going to be or could be close to the cutoff paces, bring a head lamp and/or flashlight. There are great light options that are small and low weight that are easy to carry in a pack or waist pack.
- Bring equipment (race/hydration vest or waist pack) to carry your own or aid station food and supplies.
- iPods and other music devices with ear buds are welcome. Just make sure you keep the volume low or have one ear bud out so you can beware of your surroundings (e.g. runners asking to pass).
- Be prepared for the weather and conditions. Temperatures can range from the 90’s to below freezing along this course on race day. It would be a good idea to have a jacket in-case you need it. Sun block is also a good idea.
- Whining and complaining are allowed, heck you are travelling on foot a long way and it is hard. Just whine and complain with style and do not hurt others feelings.
- We could go on and on with this list, but just think about what you could face and be prepared. There has been an explosion of ultra-running information on the web. Various podcasts (one of my favorites is Trail Runner Nation), blogs and websites give great practical advice. They are all worth your attention.
- “Trail” shoes and “road” shoes will work fine on this course. Just know what type of protection and traction you need to give your feet. Also, using your shoes on training runs with terrain similar to this race’s terrain will help you feel comfortable with your footwear selection. Many successful ultra runners use “road” shoes and do just fine in trail ultras.
- I will add more useful suggestions as I think of them. Keep checking back.