Pretty soon I'll be lining up to run my first 12 hour race. It's hard to know what to expect, but here are a few of the things racing around my brain:
It's a 12 hr race, I've decided my A goal should be to keep moving for 12 hours rather than think about a set distance to achieve.
Fueling is important from the get-go, it won't be fun to crash early. Don't overeat though (what, me?!) 'Little and often' approach.
My race has showgirls! I love Las Vegas.
Be careful of pace right away, it's not a sprint or a marathon it's a whole new ballgame. Slow and steady. Walk some of the first loop?
Am I overreacting with thinking I need 2 pairs of shoes? And a change of tops...headbands...and extra socks....? Should I get a charger for the Garmin?
At our base camp (which may be a chair and a cooler) we'll have pre-mixed Tailwind and a note on distances and time. My brain doesn't work well after 4 hours.
No music to start, the IPod(s) will be kept in reserve for later on. But...
...Live music starts at 11! How awesome is this race?
I might turn to Twitter a few times during the day to keep myself sane, tweets might not make any sense whatsoever #WTFdoesthatmean #I'mIntheDuckpondAgain #LostPanda
Is it possible to ever feel like you've trained 'enough'?
In this race there are 155 runners out doing 24 hours or 100 miles. I feel a bit silly having concerns over little things since I'm only doing 12, then I feel even sillier for thinking of my race as only 12 hours.
The last note is from the BLU race directors, it gave me a happy:
Remember to Live, Love & Run as if there's no tomorrow!