I'm a huge believer that having quality gear makes any sport experience a lot more enjoyable. Here's a short list of some of the things I plan to bring if you're mildly curious:
1.) My trusty Salomon Speedcross 3 trail running shoes. These are new pair that I just broke in to less than a week ago, and I have used once during a field hockey game. The grip and foot protection on rocks really matter when it comes to deciding which shoe I need for technical terrain. It was a hard decision between my Hoka One One Challenger ATR and the Speed Cross 3. It's still a hard decision. And I may switch last minute on which shoe I race in. I've swapped out the cushiony Ortholite insoles for Superfeet insoles because I don't like too much bend on my shoe when I run. I like my shoes stiff but forgiving. It gives the Speedcross 3 a more of snug fit, which I loved about my Challenger ATR. See! You can't have everything.
2.) I've ended my quest for darn good socks with these Darn Tough Vermont endurance wool socks. I no longer wear non-wool socks, except for when I play field hockey. I love these socks to death. And I love the fact that buying these always makes me happy about supporting Made-In-America brands from NEW ENGLAND.
3.) Ah, yes. I need something to strap the girls in tightly to my body, and I've chosen the Moving Comfort Rebound Racer bra just to do that. What I love about this sports bra is that it actually has an adjusting strap in the back. Not like most sport bra that you pull over your head. The shoulder adjustments loop through the bra using velcro.
4.) Ultimate Direction Ultra Vesta hydration vest. This is my second race vest and has easily become my favorite. If I ever do a mix of hike and long distance trail running, I can easily latch my trekking poles onto the cords. It also fits a small hydration bladder in the back. I can also store all my energy chews and shots into the front pockets. Not to mention, the fit is awesome and attractive.
5.) Race attire by The North Face. This is a TNF race afterall! I'm also using leg compression sleeves.
6.) Energy chews and shots. I've never been on a race where I never had thoughts about food. As a matter of fact, most of my thoughts while running involve food even if food wasn't the protagonist of my thoughts. So to combat any hunger thoughts or even pangs, it's good to carry these around: Clif Shot, GU Chomps, and Honey Stinger chews. I'm likely not bringing all three, but I'm choosing either one or two to take with me.
So there you have it. That's some of the stuff I'm bringing/wearing on the trail tomorrow. Should be a good one since this is my longest trail race thus far. Planning to do a marathon length next year for the Endurance Challenge in Utah. I'm already looking forward to it.
If you want more information on the Endurance Challenge Series Race by The North Face, here's a link. Obviously, a very great organization. :)