Last shakeout run before tomorrow's Ultra. Goodwill Road; 8:57 pace.
I have Mass this morning at one of my Nursing Homes, and will leave right after that. It's about a 4 1/2 drive to Base Camp. I hope to arrive by about 4pm, so I can check in, pick up my number (#20), drop off my Drop Bags and set up my tent at my camp site. There is a mandatory dinner for all 100 milers at 6pm. Race starts Saturday at 6am, with a hard cutoff for finishing at Noon Sunday.
The weather looks like this: Lows in the single digits Celcius (mid 40s F) and highs in the high teens Celcius (mid 60s F). Some rain likely, especially Saturday afternoon, but possible also at the start and overnight Saturday. It's raining there now, so mud may be a factor.
The course is 25 miles out and then back on the same route, done twice. Aid stations roughly 5 miles apart. I'm using 3 drop bags. The 2 main ones, with extra clothes/lights/etc., I'll leave at both ends, and I'll leave one with just Tailwind in about the middle. I'm going to run exclusively on Tailwind, carrying 1200 calories worth at a time, using 2 soft flasks which I'll refill at the aid stations, and a fanny pack carrying the Tailwind refills.
Right now, I'm just aiming to finish in the 30 hours. If I come in sooner - bonus! More sleep at the end.
As far as my physical condition goes:
The right groin pain (injured in May) is still there, but doesn't seem to be more than a minor nuisance. I'm not sure what it will do over 100 miles, but I think it will be okay IF I don't slip/fall.
The right achilles tendon pain has not been there this week during the taper. I think it will be the biggest wild card over 100 miles. The hills seem to challenge it.
The left plantar fasciitus (or whatever it is - might be a deep bruise) is still there, but seems to go away the further I run.
Oh, and I woke up with a stupid paper cut (I think) on my left index finger. I don't know where that came from. Can bed sheets give you a paper cut???
Beyond that, I'm healthy and well trained. If experience tells me anything, I'll be so sore pretty much everywhere 12 hours in, that my current aches will just kind of blend into the background.
I was at emergency last night; a good friend had a stroke and was rushed there by ambulance. I stayed with him and his wife and son until they flew him down to Toronto for surgery. I told him I would offer up all the pain of this Ultra for him. Here's to you buddy!