I remember several years ago when my wife and I ran our first ultra, we were scouring the internet for anything we could find to help guide us. So I thought it might be useful to have a discussion topic dedicated to all things running-your-first-ultra.
Training, nutrition, gear, pace(rs), injuries, locations etc.
For example, my first ultra was a 50k in Fall Creek Falls park in mid-TN back in 2014, I ran in some Inov-8 shoes, used a CamelBak pack, wore Injinji toe socks, ate Gu Blocks and finished in 7hrs and 17min (hence my username, mk717)…oh yah, and I weighed about 20lbs more!
FAST FORWARD, every single one of those things has changed except my pace ha! I wear Altra shoes (Timps, Superiors and Lone Peaks), have a Salomon pack, wear Balega socks, and eat mostly “real food” like nuts and fruit and I mix in waffles (Gu and Honey Stinger) with the occasional gel if I’m in a pinch.
What about everyone else? What advice would you give someone running their first ultra? What kind of gear would you recommend? Any good races you know of that make good “firsts”?