New for this Never Summer 100k:Mountains: I've never ran them but I like hills. Pretty much the same right? Course map and directions: Trying this new thing where I look at the map and directions beforehand. I even printed off the directions to study. New race vest, I bought an upgraded version of the UltrAspire I had and loved. This one holds another liter of water and has more space so I can stuff an extra water bottle, rain jacket, hat, headlamp and so much more in it.
Headlamp and vest, obviously not the race outfit.Headlamp: I bought the Black Diamond Icon it is serious and has 320 lumes. Not messing around with seeing at night in the mountains. Playlist: Headphones are frowned upon during the race and I never wear them while running trail anyway but I made a list of songs to sing for trail time entertainment and to let the bears know I'm around so I don't surprise them and they eat me(kidding, not kidding I hope I don't see any bears.) Either way I hope Dennis is excited to listen to the entire playlist over and over again on the 11 hour drive up so I have all the words ingrained in my brain. Also Courtney lets sing some of these together.
https://play.spotify.com/user/12123832086/playlist/2r4trZP4VIIHjtqKQM7O48 I have no taste in music but I feel like these songs are going to keep me going. Plus I pretty much already know these songs by heart. My friend Dennis and I will be driving up on Friday picking my sister up in Denver then heading to packet pick up. Hopefully getting a little sleep in our hotel room and the race starts at 5:30 Saturday morning. My sister will be joining me at mile 50ish to finish off the last 14 miles with me. Courtney has been checking out some trails and ran a few trail races this year to prepare. She did her research and made a great pacer ready checklist here! I think she will be great company for the end of the race! I know she'll keep up because bears(haha.)