Shoes and kit for ultra running
As an ultra runner may be exerting his/her body for a considerable number of hours on a fairly regular basis, great care is needed in the selection of clothing suitable for the conditions expected. For an extended distance - for instance 24 hours - you might use:
- Several pairs of good training shoes*
- Vests and shorts
- Light t-shirts
- Running tights
- Windproof jacket/pants
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Spare warm layer
- Petroleum jelly/anti-chafe cream
- Any special food
Some runners also like to take an Ipod or similar for entertainment. All the kit must be well tried and tested on longer runs before being used in competition.
*It is worth pointing out that during the longer ultras such as 12 and 24 hour-long races, a runners feet may swell by as much as a size-and-a-half, so several pairs of shoes may be needed.
Dave Walsh has been organising road, cross country and track events, from local to international level, for most of his life. He competes internationally as a vet, has been a British ultra distance team manager and has been Welsh Road Race secretary.
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