I know what I want with me on a long run. I want my iPhone with RunMeter app and, at night, I want my Nathan reflective vest and Petzl headlamp. That was my plan for Ragnar, anyway. But sometimes, things don't work out according to plan.
No problem. Time for Action 099 - Improvise. On my first night run at Ragnar, the blinking lights on the back of my vest wouldn't blink. My running buddy, Ryan, quickly slapped a magnetic light on my back and sent me on my way. Part of me was bothered that my fancy vest wasn't doing its thing, but the sensible part of me knew to be grateful that Ryan was thinking quickly and got me out of the exchange on time.
On another run, my iPhone was acting up. The RunMeter app kept shutting off my music, so I had to choose between the two. No problem. I chose the music and ran with my Garmin watch for the distance and pace monitoring.
The point here is that each run, each time, something is likely to go wrong. I need to remain flexible and be prepared to improvise. And at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is that I start and complete my run. All the rest is just bells and whistles.