No more talking about my first ultramarathon. It’s time to do it. Thank god.
My crew of one — wife Barb — and I head to Pekin, Ill., on Friday afternoon to prepare for Saturday’s run in the Potawatomi Trail 50. The 50-mile race begins at 6 a.m. I hope to be done in 12-15 hours from the start.
I’ve spent much of this week in final preparations. I’ve set aside a bunch of shirts, socks and shorts. I’ve waterproofed four sets of running shoes. (The trail includes at least a couple of creek crossings.) I’ve prepared some maltodextrin-spiked water bottles. I’ve run my last couple of short, stretch-the-legs training runs. I’ve thunk and re-thunk this thing.
Time to run.
- I plan to run with my iPhone and my Endomondo app running. If it works right, you can follow me live at this link.
- The race directors have a group on Facebook that can be found at this link. There will be updates throughout the weekend. (In addition to the 50, there are 100- and 150-mile races, and a 30-mile “fun” run. Sadists.)
- And Barb will post occasionally to either her Facebook page or my Facebook page.
I’ll let you know next week how it went.
You can wish me well in the comments below. I could use all the support I can get.