You'd think I was counting down to a wedding, a graduation, or something of significance like that. That's what it "feels" like counting down to this 100-miler in NINE days. No, I don't put it anywhere near the importance of those events, it's just the anticipation and nerves that are similar. Everything is going exceptionally well. I recovered very quickly from last Saturday's BT50K and immediately went into the final taper for the BR100. Sunday was a day with the Navy in Cleveland so no running that day. I did have some Chinese for lunch at Tower City, though...that was the LAST time I'll eat there. I paid for it big time on Monday. Let's just say I left the house more than once for my morning run...plus stopped at my parents' homemade ice cream shop. With that said, I got 7 in on Monday, took Tuesday off, 6 yesterday with a 1-mile tempo mixed in there, 5 really easy today, off tomorrow, and 12 easy on the Towpath this Saturday morning. This morning truly felt effortless. Plus, the weather was a crisp 58F and clear skies. Once I run Saturday, that'll give me 30 good taper miles this week. Afterwards, we're heading over to Fisher's in Peninsula for some breakfast. For next week, I'll run 2 or 3 days and probably take Thursday/Friday completely off. The total mileage for those 2 or 3 days will be 10-12 miles at the most.
Here are some of my drop-bag thoughts for BR:
Drop bag #1: Station Rd #2 (mile 39.7): Trail shoes, packet of Hammer's Perpetuem, some Hammer Gel, BodyGlide, and new socks filled with powdered SportShield lubricant. Extra tech tee just in case.
Drop bag #2: Boston Store #2 (mile 60.6): another packet of Perpetuem, Hammer Gel, BodyGlide, my headlamp.
Drop bag #3: Covered Bridge #2 (mile 85.7): Hammer Gel, BodyGlide, extra tech tee, new socks with lubricant, road shoes...can I pack some motivation, as well?
The rest of my food will come from the well-stocked aid stations. I'll carry 2 handhelds and will re-fill with Hammer's Heed at each station except for the 2 fill-ups of Perpetuem.
Once Sunday arrives, I'll start backing off the fiber-rich foods and increase the carbohydrate load significantly...not just through my whole-wheat pasta, but through lots of fruits like bananas, oranges, peaches, and apples. Lots of water content in those plus the carbs...hydrating and carb-loading at once. Starting Wednesday morning, I'll begin taking Hammer's Endurolytes morning and night (salt/electrolytes) to signal my body to start holding on to water. I'll also target 8-9 hours of sleep per night. The 10-day forecast finally stretches into August 2nd and so far, it's 82F for the high, 67F for the low and a 20% chance of rain. Of course, this is NE Ohio so I expect that to change as many times as there are days between now and then.
Happy Trails, everyone!