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I’ve done one ultramarathon before, a 50k, and the prep for this 50 miler felt entirely different than that one. Makes sense since it was 19 more miles! For a distance of this caliber, you’re able to utilize “drop bags”, which are bags you can pack ahead of time to have the race organizers leave at designated aid stations. I ended up packing two drop bags and only used contents in one of them! I couldn’t remember which aid station I’d left my other one at and neither had the energy to look for it nor did I really need it, so I didn’t use it! I definitely overpacked, but would most likely pack all of this stuff again since I would rather have it all and notneed it vs. not have it all and need it!
Drop bags: in hindsight, I wish I had used waterproof bags since it ended up pouring and my stuff got all wet. However, the size was perfect and these are affordable, too.
Bag of fuel: I packed a ziploc bag full of all my fuel, equating to almost 1000 calories worth of fuel.
Bag full of medical stuff: I packed my roll-on gel in case my muscles were hurting, more anti-chafe rub, moleskin for blisters, sunscreen, KT tape for muscles, zinc oxide in case I was chafing and needed to ease the pain in those spots. I also had typical items like tylenol, benadryl and imodium, as well as these ginger candies in case I was nauseous. I wear contacts, so I brought both extra contacts and eye drops, too!
Extra gear: I brought an extra pair of socks and shoes in case I needed a refresh. I ended up staying in what I was wearing, but I know plenty of people change halfway through!
Salt pills: I brought a lot of salt pills with me and took one every hour throughout the race. I’m glad I had extra too, though, because I shared with people around me who needed some!
Portable charger: I was worried about my phone dying halfway through since I am on it frequently to film – and I was right! This is one of the best portable chargers I’ve found because of its size and I used it around mile 33 when my phone was close to dying.
Gear for later in the race: I wasn’t sure what the weather would do (little did I know what was coming!), but I had sunglasses and gloves in the back big pouch. I never used my sunnies, but did use the gloves!
Extra pair of headphones: I didn’t start listening to music until mile 22, but I had an extra pair of headphones just in case the battery on mine died. Mine didn’t die, but it would certainly be a bummer to be without headphones when you need them, so I definitely recommend having another pair just in case!
Hand sanitizer: I wasn’t sure what the bathroom situation would be like, so I brought hand sanitizer just in case. I also had some toilet paper with me, which I never used!
Soft flask for water: In hindsight, I didn’t need this much water with me, but I was nervous about running out before I got to an aid station! These soft flasks are perfect for slipping into a front pouch.
I have everything linked in my Amazon Storefront if it's easier for you to shop everything all in one there! I hope this is helpful for you if you’re planning to run an ultramarathon soon and aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to packing your drop bags.