avalon 50 preparation: an exercise on packing
yesterday i packed for avalon. my “generic” race list is organized into six sub-lists: personal (travel items, such as wallet, paperwork, toiletries, clothes…), pre-race (stuff i need in the morning, before the race), race (all items that will be on me during the race; running gear), fanny-pack (all items that will be carried in my fanny-pack during the race), drop bag(s) (items to be used/replaced at selected aid-stations), and post-race (stuff i need after the race, mainly for races after which i’m not going back to the hotel, but rather hitting the road right away, so i can feel like a decent human-being after running X miles). i haven’t run that many ultras, and this is my first 50, my first experience running trails in the dark, and my first experience using a drop bag. i forgot to include a flashlight (which i don’t have), so i’ll stop at rei on my way home this afternoon and get one.