So now it's on to the mental games, like packing. I've gone through my checklist of stuff in my head, then taken it back out of my backpack to look at it all again. Then I'll put it back in. Today I'm running 6 400 repeats with a mile warmup and cooldown, and I'm going to really focus with each 400 on that hill coming up Roosevelt at mile 26. The crowd, the incline, the wind, the emotions...I may be doing this workout 150 miles away, but in my head, it's Sunday, at about 11:00 AM.
I can't wait!
UPDATE: I just read a race report from the Bear 100, which was held this past weekend in Idaho. It was amazing, to say the least. From a forest fire, to a bear, to a cow stampede, to a BLIZZARD! I know my wife is going to hate hearing this, but wow does that sound like an adventure! Here it is, from www.wasatchspeedgoat.com (the "Karl" mentioned is Karl Meltzer, amazing ultrarunner who had won the race in course record time):
"While Karl was the sleeping the rest of us pushed through the night in the snow and rain. I thought the cow stamppead at the start was going to be the highlight of the day, no way. During the first climb Kelly and I could hear massive cows mooing us on knowing I had a Spotted Cow Ale waiting at the finish line (donated by Wynn Davis from the Midwest). ~ no kidding. Soon after we ran through a controlled forest fire that was still burning on each side of the trail, fire and smoke everywhere as the sun was rising. The terrain was spectacular as we cruised all day through the fall colors.
As I was running between mile 60 - 67 I spotted a small black bear on the trail in front of me, I shined all my headlamps and grunted out some sort of noise to keep the bear moving away, nice shot of adrenaline for when you’re tired. We ran all day with the threat of a storm and high winds, the snow showed up in the middle of the night. I did not have any pacers, I never ran the course and I think glow stick guy was MIA? This made the night run slow at times searching for a piece of pink tape or a footprint. (all part of the fun!) I only got lost once in the blizzard !
Once the snows hit and the sun started rising it was quit a scene out there!"