Another thing that I am stoked about - I just checked the official website, and the results are out. Apparently I cam SECOND in my age/gender category (female, 30-40, in case you're wondering, lol...) and SEVENTH woman overall (out of 1227), and EIGHTY-FIRST out of everyone (total number was 4352)!!! (The shouty capital letters are because I am AMAZED!!! And excited...) Quite amazed as I started way back in the massive throng of runners, almost at the back of the pack. STOKED. Check it out, here's the 'official' version for your humble perusal:
Ok, now, I'll calm down and get to that 100km training. Hmm, it's coming up so fast that I'm not sure I have enough time for exactly 'perfect', adequate training. But then, you know? Who ever really is completely, and perfectly 'ready'?? There is always more we think we could be doing, and sure, usually I would be thinking that I"d need to have put in a few months of training prior to this massively challenging event. However, I just don't have that option. So, I'm relying mainly on my habitual running habit and of having a solid-ish running base to start from, although I am clearly lacking some longer runs. In order to make up for this, the next couple of weekends (my only chance before the event in November) will be kicked off in appropriate fashion with a long-long run early on the Saturday morning. I'm planning for 26-28km this Saturday, and then 30-32 on the following one, with the usual 12km or so runs throughout the week, and a few yoga sessions too. Any advice for how to prepare for a kind of unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime event when you're pushed for time would be greatly appreciated!! The event kicks off on Friday 7th with a 42km leg, then the NEXT DAY there is ANOTHER 42km, then the third and final leg features a 25km. Yes, I know what you're thinking - this is MORE than 100km! You'd be right! I'm confused too... Let's just say when I'm out there, I will be needing the following motto and mantra like never before: If you can do THIS, you can do ANYTHING! This is far beyond anything I've ever attempted before, so I'm nervous and excited in equal measures.
Have you ever taken part in a multi-day event?? What tips do you have for rest and recovery between legs/days??