Burning River 100 - 9 days and counting
What does a runner do to prepare 9 days before a 100 miler?
I haven’t been running much over the past two weeks. Saturday I ran about 4 miles and today I ran 5 miles of trail. I feel great when I run exept for the heat. My brain keeps chanting so many things into my ears like, if you train really hard you can break 24 hours! To me ultra running is like golf. The more strokes I take the better Hits per $$$ spent. If it takes me 29 hours to run 100 miles then I get more time running at no additional cost.
I have been concentrating on my nutrition over the past couple of days. I don’t want to diet right before a huge race, but if 5 pounds would disappear it would make me happy. Cutting down on sodium and adding a ton of fruit to my diet has been my plan. Today when I ran I didn’t have any salt build up on my face, so compared to most days I am doing better. I keep reading about Salt build up days before the race and all say about the same thing… Don’t do it. Taking sodium on race day will only suffer because you are creating a hyper sodium body that gets used to the salt, and will show signs of not enough quicker than if you live a low sodium diet and then add salt on the day of the race.
Clothing has been picked out, and based on the current forecast I should be good to go with one clothing change around the 53 mile mark. This is also where I will pick up my first pacer so a little time wasted changing clothing will give the pacer a chance to be ready to go. It feels awesome knowing that every piece of clothing I will be wearing on race day except for my undies was donated by one of our supporters. From the Shoes to the Visor… I feel blessed.
Sleep, over the next week I plan on sleeping, which is something I don’t do much of. 5-6 hours of sleep has been normal for me, so I don’t know what I will do with 6-7 or even 8 hours of sleep. My legs are getting restless and I want to run everywhere, but thankfully the 93 degree temps with 99% humidity is holding me back. Even my office at work is over 80 degrees.
Mental preparation, now this is the tough part. Times will get really tough and very “dark” according to other people who have finished 100 mile races. Through these times I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ. Thankfully at “MAN CAMP” this weekend these little red books were given out and in there is an awesome list of who I am. When I paced at Western States I used a number of them on Eric, and I don’t know if it helped, but I at least want to be told the Truth on Race day.
9 days.. Wow this is going to be fun!
The race will be Webcasted so follow me along online!- http://burningriver100.org/webcast.html (bookmark it for now, the current info is last years participants)