I flew out to the race Friday morning. John was kind enough to offer to watch Bennie The Dog for me. I took him for a walk before heading to the airport. He was wondering why we were walking so early!
I am lucky with my job in that if I don’t have appointments to do on a given day, I can work pretty much anywhere if needed. I stayed with John and flew out early Friday morning. That way I could relax/rest all day long before the race and still work from my hotel room.
On the plane, I snacked on a peanut butter Clif bar and finished reading Rich Roll’s book, Finding Ultra. Highly recommend. I also kept drinking water all day with Enduropacks in it. I wanted to stay hydrated and keep up on electrolytes and sodium as the rave was supposed to be hot the next day.
They had a cool thing where you could test your chip and make sure it would work.
I talked about the course with the volunteers. The consensus was that the hills in the second half the course weren’t actually all that bad, it was just that they come after 13 miles of downhill pounding.
This was my little rental car. I felt so small and exposed haha!! I zipped back over to my hotel for more resting after buying flip flops. My right foot (the one that had a stress fracture) was throbbing in my running shoe and it was freaking me out beyond belief. I decided to just buy flip flops and ignore it as best I could. I had another peanut butter Clif bar and stretched and out my legs up the wall.
I went to a really cute local Italian restaurant for spaghetti & meatballs. They gave me my own basket of fresh hot bread! Hello!
My waiter asked if I was there for a special occasion. (And probably wanted to know why I was alone.) I told him I was there for the race the next day, and my folks had a previous commitment, so they weren’t able to join me and my that I didn’t think I could convince my boyfriend to stand around in the dark and cold for 2 marathons in one month haha! He said I reminded him of his grand daughter and was really sweet and took extra special care of me! If you ever run this race, I would highly recommend Bella Sera Trattoria for your pre-race meal.
Anyway, after dinner I decided to drive to the area we were supposed to meet the buses the next day. I thought that would help calm my nerves about missing the bus. When I got back to my hotel, I had a chocolate chip cookie and a full water bottle with a Nuun tablet (watermelon) and passed out at 8pm. I woke up at 10pm. Then again at midnight fearing I had missed the race completely. That said, when I woke up the next morning, I felt very well rested.
To be continued!