Clothing, Gear and Nutrition
Sunscreen - I used the local sunscreen, called Thanaka on my shoulders and face (see photo). Burmese people apply the paste to their face, neck, and arms as a natural sunscreen and to cool the skin from the unforgiving tropical sun. Yet it is also used as a form of individual expression. They paint circles, dots, or squares on each cheek; designs resembling tree and plant leafs; light stripes or a thick mask - everyone has a unique style. The paste is made from ground-up Thanaka tree bark mixed with water. The paste was historically used as a natural sunscreen but has since become a form of beauty and individual expression.
Lululemon Pace Rival Skirt - This was my first time wearing a skirt and I LOVED it. This skirt had front pockets with plenty of room to put my gels, extra Thanaka and body glide.
Nike Featherlight Visor - This visor worked very well allowing heat to escape but keeping the hot sun off of my face.
Ultimate Direction Handheld - These worked fantastic. They have a zippered pouch to hold items and collapse as they become empty. Very light weight. I did not have any arm fatigue carrying these bottle.
Xersion Tank Top - 100% polyester and light. It kept me fairly dry and odor free the entire race.
Blue Blocker Sunglasses - The sunglasses are awesome. I've used them for every run for over two years and they are holding up great!
Garmin 235 Forerunner - Excellent battery life, heart rate and GPS. Programming training runs and races into the app is a breeze!
Moving Comfort Sports Bra - This is a must for women with a size C or larger. It is a bit of a challenge to get on but the support is unbelievable. If you do not believe me, try it!
Injinji socks - This is the first time I have ever gotten a blister but I believe that was from the sand in my shoes. These socks are still my favorite.
Body Glide - No chaffing!
Alta RSM (Run, Snow Mud) Lone Peak Shoes - These shoes worked out well. My go to running shoes are the 3.0 but are no longer made. I was concerned these shoes would not breathe well because of the material used to keep feet dry but they proved to be a solid marathon shoe pick!
Muir Energy Gel - Great! This was my first time using these gels for more than 10 miles and they worked out well. They are very sticky and some of my water had to be used to rinse off my fingers - Dealing with sticky fingers and running for several miles isn’t ideal but the gel tasted great and did not give irritate my stomach.
Nuun Tablets - 5 tablets used in this race. They are excellent for hydration, electrolyte balance and energy. I stay away from the ones with added caffeine due to increased bathroom stops but overall they are an great choice.