HOLY COW TOMORROW IS BIGHORN!
So I'm running my first 100 mile race starting tomorrow, Friday at 11 am Mountain time, the Bighorn Trail 100. Still trying to comprehend that a little bit! I feel good about my level of training and my taper leading into this, but I also wouldn't say that I'm peaking for this race. I'm not in my top form and fitness right now (it is frankly still a bit early in the trail running season for Wyoming!), but I feel good, and I think I can do well tomorrow. I'm shooting to do well. First and foremost, I'm going to run my own race. I would be stoked if I can finish around 20 hours, but who knows what will happen. Anything can happen in a long run, and especially your first 100 miler. It will be a grand adventure either way.
IF YOU WANT TO FOLLOW ALONG, there will be live tracking using the mobile phone app called "It's Your Race." My race bib number is 404. I imagine that they will be updating the locations from at least a handful of the aid stations, so you should see a progress update for me at least every couple hours, if not more frequently. My twitter handle is @evan28r in case Amber is able to make some update posts there, or if you want to share my progress there as well.
For gear, the rough plan is my UltrAspire Alpha Race Vest to carry food, a bottle, and extra gear when needed, and one hand bottle- the UltrAspire Isomeric Pocket. I'll be running at least the daylight hours in my Sea Level Sucks 50/50 cotton/poly blend t-shirt to help hold some moisture and keep me cool through the canyons. For shoes, I've been doing all my long runs and races in the INOV-8 Trailroc 245's lately, and they have been really good to me, so they're the go-to tomorrow. I'll send a few extra pairs of shoes with my crew (AMBER!) in case the feet get grouchy and want a change of cushion. My friend Gabe will be pacing me for at least 34 miles, starting at the mile 48 turnaround point. If he still likes me after 34 miles and we're both still moving, he'll keep on running with me.
For nutrition, I've got a handful of different flavor CLIF brand gels and chews, some Pro Bars, and Amber will have a bunch of different real food items for when I see her (peanut butter, mozzarella cheese, tortilla chips, baked sweet potatoes, granola bars, fruit, etc). I have been liking the Core Power protein drinks in long runs lately, but it doesn't look like I can get any within a 100 mile radius, so I bought some Gatorade protein drinks- hopefully they go down just as well! Otherwise, I get along pretty well with some random aid station grazing. I try to get 1-2 gels down every hour and some "real food" down every 1-2 hours- especially when I'm feeling hungry. Snickers bars have been a favorite for a while too, which reminds me that I'll have to pick some up on the way...
Packing tonight and hitting the road around 4:30 am tomorrow morning- Sheridan is a 4ish hour drive from Lander. Talk to you on the other side!