Thursday, June 22, 2006

My Last Run before Race Day

Last night I ran one last 9K loop around the fields by our town at recovery pace around 9:15/K (10:00/M). By the end of the run I could tell I haven't run so slow for a long time, my legs were tighter than normal.

So my bags are packed and I’m ready to go. I’ve done everything I can do to prepare for the 80K/50M race in the time that I have had. Nothing left to do now but sleep well, eat well, drink well and wait for the start of the race.

My race strategy is simple: run easy, walk through the aid stations (approx. every 5K), walk up the 6 major hills, and adjust the run/walk ratio as required. Oh, and drink like a fish the whole time because it is supposed to be 32C/90F and humid!

The race starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday and runs through the night. The 16 hour cutoff is at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

I put together a sattelite view of the race course here

My goal is to finish under the 16-hour cut-off. My secondary goal is to finish under 12 hours. If I am having a perfect day, maybe 10-11 hours?

In any case, I guess the last 30K/19M will make or break me.

Good Luck and I'll be thinking of you. Look forward to the race report.
You are sooooo ready!! When it gets tough, think of all us bloggers smiling down on you!! Go kick some butt, boy!!!
Good luck Jack - hope all goes well!
Best wishes! Strategy sounds like a wise one..
Best wishes! i hope all goes well and you finish better than you expected.
good luck good luck good luck!!!!!
Wish you luck!! You sound so prepared and motivated to it that the only thing I can tell you is enjoy!
The plan sounds great take it easy on hard parts and drink lots lots of water... Incredible the temperatures like that over the night!! It seems yesterday when you posted photos where it looked so cold.
i am very excited for you, jack. i have this strong feeling you are going to do great and have a wonderful experience. i can't wait to read all about it. best wishes!!
Best of luck!! Rest up, drink up!
One of my mantras on the race was "drink early and often"!! It really helped to stay focused on the drinking, whether I really felt like it or not, push the fluids!
Can't wait to hear your race report, you sound ready to go!!!
best wishes, jack! you're going to have a blast running through the night!
Sounds like an awesome race - best of luck and remember to have fun!
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