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My mom would have loved the Sound of Music Tribute by Lady Gaga!  The Sound of Music was always one of her favorite films; I’m sure most people who knew her understand why.

 

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

                                  Thomas Paine (1777)Thomas Paine Common Sense

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The North FAce 2014 Endurance Challenge 50K FinisherHaving completed my first Ultra Marathon (50K) in June 2014, I decided it would be helpful to make a list of everything I used during the race; Running first 50K Checklist. This will help me in my next Ultra Marathon and hopefully someone else out there preparing for a marathon or ultra in the future.  This was my first Ultra distance and I had completed a several Marathons by that time but I had not done a marathon distance on a trail.  I was super excited and very nervous.

Clothes:
Navy PT running shorts
New Balance short sleeve tee
Socks (2 pair; one to wear, one to change into post race)
Nike Air Max shoes (would have preferred a trail focused shoe)
Nike Shoes (as backup or for a post race change)
Sunglasses
Change of clothes for post-race

2014 North Face 50K DCGear:
Nathan Hydration Pack
iPhone (music and Nike Plus)
Jaybird Bluetooth Headphones
Power Pack
Vaseline (heavily applied to friction points)
Sunscreen (Waterproof, 50 spf)
Aspirin/Tylenol
Band-aids

Fuel:
12 Gu Packs (Salted Caramel, Espresso, Chocolate)
2 Clif Protein Bars
2 Liters of Water (in Hydration Pack)

Post race fuel:
32 oz of chocolate coconut water
nuun hydration tablets (will use 1-2 post race)

Wish list: (things I wish I had)
More hours on my legs…

North Face Endurance Challenge 50K Elevation

 

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