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How To Run 100 Miles—A Gear List

Author: Brendan Leonard

February 13, 2018

One of the things you learn in ultra running, as I say in our new film How to Run 100 Miles, is that in order to run 100 miles, you have to run a lot of miles before you even get to the starting line. In the six months leading up to the Run Rabbit Run 100 (which is actually 102.9 miles, thank you very much) in September 2017, I ran 1,176 miles with 175,000 feet of elevation gain. This is like running from the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to the Space Needle in Seattle (but with a ton of climbing and descending).

I wore through five pairs of shoes, several water bottles, a dozen tubes of sunscreen, but thankfully, only two knees and two ankles. And I wore a bunch of different gear on training runs throughout the hot summer in Denver, running (OK, gasping) up in the mountains at elevations up to 13,000 feet, and in temps down to freezing during the night of our race.

I also kept all my toenails throughout the process, and I can’t necessarily prove it, but I did wear an OR t-shirt for every mile I ran. So it can’t be a coincidence, can it?

Here’s the list of everything I used during training and the race:

Men's Whirlwind Hoody (Here's the women's version.)

Men's Helium II Jacket (Here's the women's version.)

Men's Tantrum Hooded Jacket (Here's the women's version.)

Men's Deviator Hoody (Here's the women's version.)

Men's Uberlayer Hooded Jacket (Here's the women's version.)

Men's Echo T-shirt (Here's the women's version.)

Amplitude Shorts

Spectrum Sun Sleeves

Lingo Beanie (no longer available, try the Shiftup Beanie instead)

Speed Sensor gloves (no longer available, try the Surge Sensor glove instead)

Performance Trucker - Trail

Sensor Dry Envelope

Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 running shoes

Petzl Tikka Headlamp

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles

Ultimate Direction AK Mountain Vest 3.0

Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is a climber and writer who bounces around the Western U.S. to find stories. He’s a contributing editor at Adventure Journal, Climbing, and The Dirtbag Diaries, and writes weekly on his personal website, Semi-Rad.com (sponsored by Outdoor Research). He has climbed multipitch rock routes all over the West, ridden a bicycle across America, and eaten an entire 32-ounce jar of mayonnaise in one sitting.