Monday, May 22, 2006

Packing for Race Day

The race on Thursday is far enough from our house to where we will be staying overnight the night before, so I packed my running bag with everything (anything) that I could possibly need. As the weather people can’t seem to meet an agreement as to whether it is going to be hot, cold, wet, dry, windy or whatever I got them all covered! Long-sleeve, short-sleeve, shorts, long pants, rain jacket, hat, gloves, I got half my wardrobe packed. Running shoes? Two pairs ready to go! Water, sports drink, sports bars, snacks, sugar, salt – I got it covered – glad we have a station wagon to carry it all. Now if I can only remember to put my bag in the car on Wednesday afternoon ;-)

My wife has night school tonight so I cooked up a pile of spaghetti for tomorrow night and Wednesday afternoon (and probably enough for the rest of the week too). Pasta is covered, there’s hamburger in the spaghetti sauce, salad in the fridge, fruit everywhere you look – pre-race food is covered. Check!

I checked the car out yesterday, fluids are good, I only need to stop and top off the tank tomorrow night. I have the route to Rengsdorf all mapped out, 220 kilometers, roughly a 2-3 hour drive depending on traffic. The hotel is booked, I have a map of the town, the race Start is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Check!

So tomorrow when I come home from work I want to take a 20 minute jog, then finish packing. We hope that we can leave work a little early on Wednesday so we can avoid rush hour. Thursday is a holiday in Germany (Ascension Day) so a lot of people are taking a long weekend = oodles of traffic!

good luck at the race jack!! smooth and strong!
oh, you are so tapering :)

Good luck!!!! Have Fun!!!!! I can't wait to read how it goes!!!!!!!!
Good Luck Jack, that's one exciting adventure you have chosen. I can't wait to hear all about that fantastic ultra experience you are going to have.
Hi Jack! Thanks for your well wishes on my blog! My first visitor from Germany - how cool! I will add you site to my blog roll. Good luck this Thursday! I hope the 50K goes well.
have a great race jack!!! have fun!
Sounds like you're all set. Good luck!
Good luck on race day! You'll do great. Looking forward to the race report.
i have a feeling that you are going to have a great race, jack! good luck and enjoy yourself out there :)
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