Five days to go. Here are today’s random thoughts:
-I think it’s only now starting to set in that I am actually attempting to run 100 miles again. Only this time, the course is much more ‘runnable’ and I want to actually be running more.
-I’m worried that the finish will be anti-climatic. At the Lost Soul, my wife was waiting for me at the finish line, along with all of my immediate family (including a lot of young nieces & nephews). This time, I’ll cross the finish line, collect my belt buckle, get in the car and drive home. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I do want to see my friend Indi cross the finish line of her first 100 (and I’ll probably need to sleep for awhile before I attempt to drive home).
-I started packing food for the race. So far I’ve got dried mangos, dried bananas, licorice, and oreo’s paritioned out into ziploc bags, 200 calories per bag. I’ll also take some granola bars and as many liquid calories as I can think of.
-Liquid calories are my friend. I practically lived on liquid for the last 30+ miles of the Lost Soul. Silk Chocolate Soy Milk has never tasted so good.
-I’m worried that the Rocky Raccoon will be a greater mental challenge for me than the Lost Soul. I had a great pacer for the last 25+ miles there, and will be solo this time around. John kept me from going insane, although I’m sure he got sick of me repeatedly saying “I think this is the last hill in this section” only to hit the top and realize that there were 8 more to go.
-I’m going to wear the same sleeveless shirt as I did during the Lost Soul. It got so dirty and nasty during that race, and I can’t believe I kept it. But, since I still have it in the closet, I figure I might as well get one more good use out of it and then pitch it in the trash.