Three weeks from now I'll be driving Southeast toward Corona, California. Due to traffic, it will probably take me a few hours to get there. Once I'm there I'll be doing my best to nap for a few hours in my car before checking in, grabbing my race number, and setting up camp.
Starting at 9pm, I will be running small circles around a high school track for 24 hours.
What have I gotten myself into?
I plan on bringing:
-enough iced coffee and diet coke to choke a horse (caffeine!!!)
-two ipods, loaded with books on tape, podcasts, and all my music
-my laptop, with satellite internet feed, so I can update facebook with my progress
-my camera. duh
-all three pairs of my running shoes
-dozens of pairs of socks
-three outfits to change into in case of chafing
-two pairs of sunglasses (in case one breaks)
-full runner first aid kid with moleskin, bandaids, anti-chaffing stuff, ibuprofen
-gloves and jacket
-costumes to entertain myself
-ummm, I guess food and drinks? Guess I should look into this.
-have at least two friends there at all times, sometimes running with me, sometimes just on the sidelines cheering for me as I go by. I already have a schedule, and have most of the slots filled. It's tough because it's not close to home, but my friends are awesome.
-Keep myself entertained. Costumes, books on tape, podcasts. I'm going to bring my phone, maybe call random people, strike up friendships with other people running, sing songs. I scheduled my hilarious brother for the overnight part, which will be pretty hard to stay awake/entertained
-Have very low expectations. I have no idea what my body is going to do. 100 miles would be rad, but, you guys, I don't know if that's possible, since it would be four times further than I've ever ran before, ever. Every mile over 26 miles is gravy to me. I will not be disappointed if I don't hit 100, or 75, or if my legs give out and I have to walk the back 12 hours. Doing it is an accomplishment enough.
-Lots and lots of food. Hot dogs. Ramen. Girl scout cookies. Other cookies. Bacon. Okay, so I should probably have a lot of healthy food in there, like sweet potatoes and shit. And I will.
I'm nervous just thinking about. It want it to be here NOW, and I also want more time.
The hardest part is going to be the mental aspect. But it's going to be so worth it. Oh man.
Have any of you done an ultramarathon? Do you have any tips for this n00b?