I feel as ready as I'm ever going to be, but I've kind of been in denial this entire week. It feels more like I just have a long run on the trails rather than a race that's longer than a marathon. I don't think it will really sink in until I actually start running, and even then maybe not til after a few hours of running. I think I've prepared relatively well; I've put in several weeks at 40+ miles of training, did a 20 mile training run on the trails in Auburn and ran a 30k trail race on a challenging course. My biggest concern, actually is staying in the game mentally. I just don't want to be out there and start playing mind games on myself. Physically, I know I'll finish. I'm treating this as my peak training run for AR 50 so it's all about time on my feet, not finishing time. I'll be walking the hills and just running as much as possible. The course is new this year, and reportedly easier, which definitely works in my favor : ) There will be 700 runners out there so it should be a pretty social race, too. In fact, I'm hoping to run at least part of the race with the infamous Ron.
video of the new course