Raw Ultra kit details: what was worn, what was carried and what was eaten
For anyone interested in some notes on what I carried for the first 80km ultra, here’s my notes. I don’t believe I’ve missed anything however I’ll update if do notice something.
North Face Ultra Endurance trail runners
North Face trail shorts (similar to these)
Berghaus base layer top (something like this, except mine is years older ;)
Decathlon Kapteren Trail Running socks (have light compression on foot and ankle so great on long distance for myself)
Berghaus hat (take your pick of relatively light hats)
Alpkit Compact Ultra poles - brought due to ankle issue. Didn’t regret them after the amount of ascent that we covered.
Decathlon zip-up hoodie (I can’t find exact model but similar to this only not fleece) (requirement for the day)
Silva compass (requirement for the day)
OSI map sheet 56 (Great Outdoors Dublin have amazing stock here) (requirement for the day)
Petzl Bindi as backup head torch (requirement for the day)
Whistle (requirement for the day)
Emergency blanket (requirement for the day)
Waterproof dry bag (similar to these, about 1-2 litre in size before compressed) that contained the spare hoodie. (requirement for the day)
iPhone 7 with this what turned out to be incredible battery extender - I’m writing on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. The iPhone battery was last charged from wall socket at 4am on Saturday morning and current battery life of iPhone is 85%! Note: this is after running Strava on the phone for half the run (human error paused it….)
Hydrapak Speedcup - saves you using disposable cups at aid stations and opportunity for water from streams also.
SIS Go hydration tablets - 2 of these tablets in every 1-litre of water in the bladder
SIS Isotonic gels - 3 of these in pack at all times, refilled after every aid station
SIS energy gel with caffeine - 1 of these at all times in the pack
Nature Valley muesli bars - at least one put in at every stage
Chia Charge bar - at least one at every stage
Bag of random jellies
In each Aid Station
1 spare pair of trail running socks
1 spare pair of gloves
1 spare hat
1 bag of ‘heavy’ food with 2 rashers, 3-4 salad potatoes (cooked)
1 can of Red Bull
1 bag of jellies
Two Replacement SIS Go hydration tablets to go with a refill in the bladder
2 Nature Valley bars for re-stock if needed.
1 Chia Charge bar for re-stock if needed.
1 spare running t-shirt
1 spare long-sleeve base layer
Note, at the final aid station I also left a replacement rain jacket (an old hiking jacket I had) and my other trail running shoes, North Face TR III.
What I ate
Taking the details above, here’s the overview of what was consumed on the day.
As we had to register between 4am and 5am, it meant for a tricky decision for me personally. It’s not a normal eating hour however it’s not a normal day either! So, a bowl of porridge and a coffee to kick off then. Note: I didn’t drink any coffee the week beforehand as I wanted to try and get the full effect of it on the day.
At registration, downed another coffee and on-route to the start line, at 7:30am, I had two small muesli bars just to top up.
During the event, I had in total:
2.5 - 3 litres of water with the hydration mix above
1 can of red bull
1 cup of coke
3 Nature Valley bars
2 Chia Charge bars
5 potatoes (2 at first aid station, 3 at the second)
3 SIS Isontonic gels
1 SIS Energy gels with caffiene
2 handfuls of jellies