- Water/Gatorade/other stuff - Everyone must carry water or energy drink in a camelback, fanny pack or water bottles in your hands. Decide what works best for you.
Everyone needs to get comfortable carrying water and other nutritional replenishments. We are training toward longer runs and even though we start with lower mileage, we will be increasing distance each week. It is LIFE THREATENING if you are unprepared, therefore, we can not permit people to participate in these training runs without packing adequate water. I will be reminding everyone about this each week. Nathan’s makes one of the best hydration packs on the market, it is my personal favorite, and can be purchased through the Zombie Runners website (they also offer other hydration supplies):
- Trail Snack -
– not mandatory but highly recommended. There are many to choose from: GU, Carbo Boom, an apple, a banana, an energy bar, M&M’s, gummie bears or anything else that works for you.
- Toilet Paper - – There are two porta-potties at El Moro, however, other trails we will be running do not have facilities. I recommend packing toilet paper in your packs.
- Trail running shoes - - Not mandatory but they do offer additional support and usually have a reinforced toe box to prevent injury from kicking stones and roots. This link has a variety of trail running shoes for men and women:
Several of us run in the Montrail Hardrock and have had great luck with this shoe.
- If the weather forecast predicts cold temperatures, bring a knit cap, gloves or mittens, and possibly running tights. Better to have them with you and change than not have the option. I’ll make my weekly recommendations based on the weather forecast.
- Bring a towel to dry off after the run and a change of shirt, sox, shorts and shoes. You will be more comfortable on the ride home.
- . Camera and cell phone (optional)
(if you bring your cell phone on the run, make sure there is an “ICE” entry in your phone book (In Case of Emergency)
- Road ID
- Electrolyte replacement – This has been a lifesaver for me. For years, I often cramped on long runs. Since taking this product on runs, I have not cramped once. It works for me.
Maureen Grainger and Mistii Comeau at El Moro
Karen Hester and Elena Delgado at El Moro