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The Eve of a Goal Race and the GoLite Tara Lite pics

Posted by on Jul 30, 2010 | 9 Comments
In roughly 25 hours, I will finally be able to end this damned taper!  The Burning River 100 Mile Endurance Run starts at 5am tomorrow morning.  

The training has been done.  The gear is packed.  The directions are programmed into the GPS.  The crew is ready… more or less.  Now I drive.  And wait.  And sleep… more or less.

The day before a major goal race is always nerve-racking.  I’m fidgety with anticipation.  Unlike the shorter races like 5 or 10ks or even marathons, 100 milers represent such an unknown.  Even though I am a relative novice at the distance, I am aware of the variability in experiences.  Every race presents a slew of potential problems.  Which problems will spring up tomorrow?  Will I be prepared to handle issues as they arise?  Today will be spend going through an endless litany of mental checklists:

Before the race… do I have my clothes ready? Check.
Light? Check.
Lube?  Check.
Nipples taped?  Check.
What shoes do I wear to the start?  Sandals?  Check.
Oh, sun screen?  Check.

Aid stations… what do I do?  
Change water bottles.
Replenish supply of electrolytes.
Drink high-calorie drink.
Eat some solid food.
Maybe eat chia, perhaps with Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
Check feet.

As I’m running… how is my pace?
How close am I to my goal pace?
How far ahead of the cutoff am I?
How far to the next aid station?
How is hydration… when did I last pee?
What color was it?
Am I getting enough calories?

These are just a few of the thoughts that will run through my head today.  It is the storm before the calm.  I will be a nervous wreck.  

Then tomorrow morning will come.  For whatever reason, race morning is always calm… always peaceful.  The nervous, frantic, obsessive thoughts are replaced by… tranquil enjoyment.  

Needless to say, I cannot wait for tomorrow morning.

On a completely unrelated note:  minimalist shoe junkies, here are two pics of the GoLite Tara Lite minimalist shoe to be released soon.  It features a zero-drop last and some pretty aggressive tread.  I haven’t tested it yet, but it promises to be an interesting addition to the current minimalist shoe offerings from a variety of manufacturers.

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9 Comments

  1. Boris Terzic
    August 2, 2010

    Looks like an interesting shoe, looking forward to hearing more.

  2. Todd
    August 1, 2010

    Soooo looking forward to the race report. Congratulations Jason!!!

  3. 劉黃志宇建娥
    August 1, 2010

    教育的目的,不在應該思考什麼,而是教吾人怎樣思考............................................................

  4. 治冠霖士
    July 31, 2010

    看到好文章心情就很好 ^^..................................................................

  5. Angie Bishop
    July 31, 2010

    So excited for you and your crew!!
    Those shoes are cute and I love the tread.

  6. Ken
    July 30, 2010

    Good luck on the run! I hope everything goes well.

  7. Janice
    July 30, 2010

    Looks cool. Tread would be great where I live during the winter running season.

  8. C. Beth
    July 30, 2010

    I'm really excited to hear how this goes for you! Rooting for you from Texas!

    Word verification: "toesingr". May you be a toesingr on your barefoot 100-miler!

  9. shel
    July 30, 2010

    oooh, super tready!
    nerves abound over here too jason. you'll be great!