Here's the plan...likely to be edited with big red "FAIL" markers, ala Viper, post-run:
Drive down to the North Face Course, and park at Scuppernong Trail Head. Leave from Scuppernong.
Run 5.3 Miles to Wilton Road. Consume 2 Gels and 20 oz Water during this run.
At Wilton, Pick up 25 oz Water, 2 more Gels. Run it at 8:30 Pace, arriving in 45 mins. SUCCESS!
Run 5.5 Miles to Hwy 67. Consume 2 Gels and 25 oz Water during this leg.
At Hwy 67, Pick up 25 oz Water, 2 more Gels, and Gatorade. Run it at 8:30 pace, arriving in 46 mins. (1:31 total)SUCCESS! But, WOW...this was the infamous "Prairie" section of the Kettle 100 course--known for its heat, humidity, and down right suckiness. My hat's off to you Kettle runners. I CAN'T IMAGINE running in that. It sucked and put me way behind on water. Looking ahead, though, the views of the prairies and surrounding forests will be spectacular this fall!
Run 5.3 Miles to Piper. Consume 2 Gels, 25 oz Water during this leg.
At Piper, Pick up 25 oz Water, 2 more Gels, and Gatorade. FAIL. OUCH DID THE WHEELS COME OFF. This section of the course in on horse trails, which provide some shade from the heat but also provide swarms (think horror movie swarms) of deerflies. Definitely checking Kettle off of my list of "must runs."
Run back to car (1.7 miles) and then Green Loop of Scuppernong (5 miles) for 6.7 total.FAIL. Fail Big Time. I was done. I flat out suck in the heat. And it was 90 out.
Pick up water, Gels, Gatorade. Suck it up. Run this leg at sb 8:00 pace...hopefully sub 7:45, finishing this leg in under 51 minutes. (3:04 total). FAIL-DNS. I called it quits after doing a mad dash into my car while swatting the deerflies out of my car.
Pick up water, Gels, Gatorade, finish up with 4.5 miles of horse trail, at 8:30 pace. Finish run in 38 minutes. (3:42 total). FAIL-DNS. By this time I was halfway home, still sweating like mad.
So, overall, not exactly what I wanted. I ended up running over 17 miles of the course in 2:40 and got familiar with the tough parts and the runnable parts, so that's a plus.
Afterwards, I serously considered drowning my sorrows in a huge greasy cheeseburger and a Coke. Instead, I got Subway. SUCCESS!