The Jackpot Ultra Running Festival 100 miler starts tomorrow morning at 9:00am. What precisely does one do the day before a 100 miler?
I'm working for the first part of the day. Then.......
Finish packing. MP3 player......check. Spare socks.......check. A drop bag full of hopes and dreams.......check.
I will continue carbo loading with a steady stream of chocolate chip cookies and my dietary secret weapon:
I will then proceed to drive to Las Vegas. During that time I will be VERY, VERY careful about what enters my ears.
One time before a 100 miler I walked into a gas station and heard Bette Midler on the speaker system. I'm serious. When you're running hour after hour whatever has been trapped in your brain is played on repeat over and over again. BETTE MIDLER IS NOT THE KIND OF JUNK YOU WANT PLAYING IN YOUR BRAIN FOR 100 MILES.
Speaking of Vegas, I am reminded of some betting odds from a race I saw during the Zion 100:
I will check in at the packet pickup. Liz Zelandais summarized this experience perfectly. "I gazed in envy at ultra runners whose quadriceps had the kind of definition that tells you Secretariat is somewhere in their family tree."
I will eat dinner then try to sleep. And by "try to sleep" I mean that I will not sleep. I will lay in a bed and stare at the ceiling all night begging for at least a few hours of slumber before the alarm clock goes off.
It's going to be a good time! (For at least the first four miles.)
If you'd like, you can check out my Facebook page HERE, there may be some updates during the run. The race Facebook page might be posting some updates HERE too. Bring. On. 100.