Just received the new Suunto Ambit - GPS watch w/HR, now I can’t wait to take it for a spin tomorrow morning!
Fast and light freaks take note, the Montane Slipstream GL Smock is here!
Last Sunday we met up with Jacob Juul Hastrup, who’s run 20+ stage races and got a whole heap of tips for running ultra-marathon stage races. Following are some of the tips that Jacob shared with us.
- Place sleeping mat at bottom of pack - flat against your back
- Food to lie flat on top of sleeping mat
- Sleeping bag inside a plastic bag (keeps it dry from water / sweat)
Food / Snacks
- Energy bars - breakfast
- Cliff shot blocks - during race
- Piratos - Licorice treat (salty with flavor)
- Dried fruit & nuts - breakfast
- Parmesan cheese - lunch & dinner
- Crushed potato chips - post race
- Place a wet sock over your waterbottle to cool it down while running
- Don’t take a camelback (takes up space and difficult to get to)
- Attach 500-750ml water bottles to shoulder straps (balances weight and allows you to carry less weight for faster reloads)
- Foldable water pouch
- Salt tablets
- Liquid electrolytes
- Socks - Teko or SmartWool (above ankles and natural fibre)
- Ensure that the shoes you’re bringing aren’t too open above the toe, otherwise dust will get in and build up in your shoes
- Short gaiters that cover the ankles only - enough to keep the sand out
- Wear one pair of socks until the 80km then change to the other pair, throwing the first pair out.
- Tea leaves - add them to your drink bottle in the evening so that you have a different flavored water to run with the next day.
- Get a Buff - useful for everything.
- Bring a pair of 3/4 pants for camp, as it’ll be a little cold
- Small camera to record your journey
- Remove all tags, excess packaging, cases etc. - reduces your weight
- Bring only two t-shirts, use your spare t-shirt to sleep in each night, it’ll feel better than going to bed in a sweaty one, and your other gear can dry out, plus your tent buddies will be greatly appreciative :)
All-in-all, some really handy tips for your packing list when doing an ultra-race that consists of several stages or just want some inspiration for a multi-day hike. To read more about Jacob and his races you can follow him on Facebook here: Ultra Running with Jacob Juul Hastrup
If you have some tips of your own leave them in the comments section below.