I signed up for my first 50k this weekend and am excited. Nervous anxious excited. The good news is today starts carb-loading. I have a healthy meal plan I am following:

Pizza, tacos, ice cream, chips and large Italian sandwiches… and a bowl of pasta for good measure.

I have no doubt that I will finish, how quickly and in what shape remains unclear. My realistic expectation is to stay under 7 hours, but who knows, 6:30 might be possible given the conditions of weather and how I wake-up feeling. The body is sometimes a mystery. Sometimes everything clicks and running is effortless (as is life). Other times, we have to carry ourselves through the motions.

The race is in Brooksville, FL, a little north of Tampa. The trails are supposed to be beautiful and the weather will be cooler than Palm Beach, at least a little. It will be two 16 mile loops for me. I might end up stopping at 31 miles though, and ask for my metal since I only trained for 31, the one extra mile could be too much.

I was originally going to do my first 50k the following week, but my body and mind are ready. No sense in delaying when extra training can only get me injured. I have gone a little OCD in planning, without actually physically doing anything. A little OCD for me is making a list and checking it twice.


  • Bodyglide
  • Marker


  • Chair
  • Cooler
  • Water
  • Isa fuel- x10
  • Isa hydration- x5
  • Vest x2
  • Bladder
  • Watch
  • Bag with paper towel
  • Salt tabs
  • tums
  • Flip-Flips/Crocs
  • Headphones

Drop Bag:

  • Isa fuelx6
  • Isa hydrationx3
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Anti-chafe
  • Skittles
  • Headphones
  • Vest
  • Portable battery
  • Eye drops
  • Headphones
  • e+

Running Clothes:

  • 2xu or Saucony shorts
  • Long sleeve race shirt
  • Nike running shorts
  • Short sleeve running t
  • Warm-up jacket
  • warm-up pants