THIS is happening in just over a week.
Despite the title of this post, I actually haven’t freaked out yet. Shocking. I’m waiting for it to sneak up on me like it did before my first marathon when I was pinning on my bib the night before. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t happen at all or at least, God-willing, not on the 4:45am bus ride out to Alice Lake for the start!
I haven’t been blogging much about my training, which is regrettable since I’ve had a few fun and epic runs up in Squamish with friends. Those will definitely need their own posts prior to my race recap! Somehow I missed seeing a bear that was ~12ft in front of me last weekend (don’t worry, Mum and Dad, we were very cautious – and it would have eaten Ed first if it hadn’t been more interested in berries). 🙂
I am actually feeling really good about race day.
* Nutrition: I (think) that I have all the nutrition under control:
Hüma Gel – the best tasting gels I’ve ever had. They have chia in them. The mango and the apple cinnamon are my race day choices.
Nuun – double strength tri-berry in the hydration pack and will do half tri-berry half wildberry energy (caffeinated) after Quest.
Picky Bars – race day breakfast will be a Blueberry Boomdizzle bar and a banana.
PocketFuel and Nature’s Bakery – my “just in case I’m hungry and gels aren’t cutting it right now” food. Real food. Will either go with Coconut Cherry or Pineapple Coconut (both are almond butter based) Pocketfuel. Nature’s Bakery makes yummy fig bars and we have the fig, blueberry, and raspberry ones.
* My race day outfit will be the same one I’ve been training in:
Sugoi – hat
Buff – snot rag if on my hand, neck cooler if soaked in stream water
Oiselle – Strappy bra, Scantron tank, and Lesley knickers (and possibly arm warmers depending on weather)
Injinji – socks
Inov8 – 245 trail shoes
* I’ll have my pretty Nathan Zeal vest to hold all my crap.
I’ll need to give myself plenty of options in my drop bag so I don’t look at the choices and find that nothing appeals. Other than that, though, I’m confident I can make the 23km 5hr 15min cutoff at Quest University, which was my one big worry. I’m willfully ignorant of Upper Climb Trail and Angry Midget, but am okay with the rest of the course as I ran it last year and part of it at Survival of the Fittest a couple of months ago.
So that’s it. I know I can finish and that’s all I’m really hoping for. It’s going to be a HARD race. Good thing my motivating song this training cycle has been Hedley’s “Anything”:
A hundred thousand disbelievers couldn’t keep me on the ground
I’ve invented a momentum that’ll never slow me down
I believe it cause I feel it and I shout it out loud
I can I can I can so
[and the line I use the most when I’m having a hard time]
Uh uh, **** that, I can do anything
I think that it’s going to go well. I’ve driven the route and it’s all good, but it’s that last uphill on the Burrard Bridge that I think might kill me – it’s a nice long, steady incline. My mantra is going to be, “I AM the hill.” Race report to follow… but if you want to check my time you can look on the race website in the afternoon; my bib is #96.