The Final Countdown
The start is less than 48 hours away – yikes! This is going to be my last post before the race and then I’ll be back on Monday with a full report of the day’s events.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this course is a beast! 50 miles and elevation gain/loss around 11,000 feet. It will definitely be a challenge!
The forecast has improved slightly. It is going to be about 50 degrees at the start of the race and it will go up to 76 throughout the day. There will be bright sunshine and a very light breeze. Basically, it will be hot (but not too hot, thankfully)! However, there is a creek crossing that will provide an excellent opportunity to cool off!
I discussed this yesterday so I won’t go into it again. The only thing I’m adding that I didn’t mention yesterday is sunblock! I don’t have much faith in it staying on and I expect to get a bit of a burn, but hopefully nothing too bad!
I’ve never done this race before (or anything quite like it). The most I’ve ever run is 31 miles so this will be an adventure. With that being said, I feel like I’m definitely up for the challenge!
This has been a tough one for me to wrap my head around. Seven hours? Eight hours? Top ten? Top twenty? Finish? Don’t get hurt?
I honestly have no idea. I want to have a good race. I want something more than just finishing. I have no idea if I’ll ever run another fifty so I want something I can hang my hat on. I think that’s enough – maybe not the best articulation, but you get the idea!
Are you racing this weekend? What distance? Where? Good luck!