It's taper time....and I need it! I went out for a 15 miler on Sunday and was dragging myself along. Today was a rest day and then it's all mellow running and rest days from here on out. I need to allow all my aches and pains to heal up so I hit the start line refreshed and ready to roll.
I'm thinking about a goal time and I'm settling somewhere in the 11:15-11:45 range. I chatted with Nick Clark, who set the course record (there last January, and he agreed that a sub-12 would be a realistic goal for me. My plan is to run as much of this as I can. I will let the rocks dictate when I walk, but I have not trained for hiking at all, so I know running will be more comfortable. My hope will be to get through the first 50K loop unscathed before the real race begins during the second.
For fueling, it's no surprise that I've settled on an EFS liquid shot plan. One 6 oz. shot (400 calories) mixed with water in my 20 oz. handheld. I will plan to drink one bottle every 1.25-1.5 hours. I also stumbled upon these cola flavored PowerBar Gel Blasts. If you haven't tried them yet, you need to. All that Coke goodness packed into a portable treat. There are nine chews in a pack and each one provides about 21 calories. I plan to eat 1-2 every 30 minutes starting on my second loop.