All that aside, I am really excited for the big day to arrive, and want to start packing already, even if it is still two weeks away. After recovering from the Bob Graham recce a week ago, which made me really, really sore, I now feel ready to go for the 100. And I'm going to make sure that I get a good taper, which includes plenty of rest, heathly eating, and not a whole lot of exercise. Except for that little matter of the Open Adverture 5+ race next weekend, which, as a combination of running and biking over (you guessed it) five hours, shouldn't tire me out too much.
To get in the right frame of mind, I am re-reading the book Out On Your Feet: The Hallucinatory World of Hundred-Mile Walking by Julie Welch. It is about the crazy people who attempt to do this LDWA 100 mile walk every year, and I laughed like crazy the first time I read it. Soberingly, that was before I signed up to do my own attempt at this 100 mile event. What was I thinking? I'm sure the reality of it will set in after my second reading, that this one hundred miles is going to take a really long time, and will perhaps require walking through two nights.
Hopefully not, though, as the plan is to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, walk/run for between 24-30 hours, and finish well before dark on Sunday. That is, if I don't get too distracted by all the goodies on offer at the numerous aid stations, and the
So for the others that will also toe the starting line in Shropshire in two weeks, let me know when you are planning on starting so I can keep an eye out for you