It’s the final countdown…

4 Apr

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.

Follow me:

  • 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.

10 Responses to “It’s the final countdown…”

  1. Allison Luther April 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Even though I call myself a “runner”, I cannot begin to fathom what you will be experiencing on Saturday!! I’ll be with you in spirit! There’s a certain comraderie amongst runners but I can’t help but think you’re just a little crazy for doing this:) Good luck, keep warm & fueled & as dry as possible. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for you. I’ll be anxious to hear your thoughts “post” race!


    • msmidt April 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Thanks, Al. From the talk on this group’s FB page, you can see the runners are out to have a good time. It will be a challenge, but I hope it proves to be fun, too.


  2. Jim Brennan April 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    You’re a man’s man, and lucky to have a good woman. Good luck!


    • msmidt April 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks, Jim. The trail is in great shape, and I think the weather is going to hold out, too.


  3. Jacqueline Palfy Klemond April 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Have a great race!


    • msmidt April 6, 2013 at 4:13 am #

      Thanks, Jacqueline. Enjoy your taper. 🙂


  4. janeyand2bigwhitedogs April 7, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Good luck! You can do this!


    • msmidt April 9, 2013 at 9:06 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement, Janey. I received so many kind words. I’m posting a story on the event later today.


  5. runnershealth April 9, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Hope that everything has gone well, and that you’ve had a good time?


    • msmidt April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Had a great time and met my goal — to finish 50 miles. It was a real challenge. I’ve got an entry set to post this afternoon, complete with lots of photos. Thanks for being kind enough to inquire.


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