I've logged no miles in the last 3 days as I've been letting a sore soleus rest (if you call trigger point therapy every few hours rest). So, how is it I am sitting here with multiple aches and pains and that all-too-familiar dread of wondering, "Am I injured?"
Oh, yeah. Laurel Valley "Outcasts" 35 Mile Run is Saturday. That's it.
I am giddy with happiness over being able to do this run. It will be a "first" in a few different ways:
First 35 miler
First self-sufficient Ultra
First run using a water filtration device
As I go about preparing for the run, the mind-body connection thing is kicking into high gear. This part of it can just get ridiculous with me. I know I'm not injured, yet I get all kinds of pre-race aches ("WTH? My third toe is going numb!! What does that MEAN??!") and pains ("OMG, what is WITH my soleus? Am I actually limping?"). I guess there's still just some mechanics of racing, or rather pre-racing, that happen no matter what. It's a trip.
So many things about Ultras are different, but this is one of my favorite: Ultra's seem to be more about eating and drinking than anything else. Just say that again to yourself, and see if you're not ready to jump on this crazy train: "Ultra's seem to be more about eating and drinking than anything else." I for one, have definitely found my sport!
As I pack an outrageous amount of calories into my pack, I am truly amazed.
Check out this list:
64 Oz. Camelbak w/o the bladder to hold my stuff with extra pouch
2 Amphipod Handheld Bottles - 20 oz
4 Hammer Bars
4 Lance Peanut Bars
2 Honey Stingers
2 Cliff Block Shots
3 Gus with extra caffeine
5 Accelerade Single Serving Mix Packs
SteriPen to treat water
One bottle 5 Hr. Energy
1 Baggie of Jelly Beans
2 Packs of salted peanuts
I already feel like a Badass doing a run that requires 3,500 calories and a water filtration device. Seriously, how much better can this get? To be continued...