|It ain't the Rockies but 1,800 ft in 2 miles is no joke!|
For the ladies: Megan Arborgast (2nd last year) looks like a good pick. Helen Cospolich will be in it for the win too. Mary Churchill has speed and home court advantage. Other ladies to do well: Helen Lavin, Ragan Petrie, Tia Gabalita.
Coming off an inspired run at the Diablo 50k on the 21st, I had to nurse a (really) sore calf last week plodding through 32 miles (one run of 16 miles while course marking). Got out yesterday for a 8 mile run in 55 mins, progressing from 7:30s down. Everything seems to be working normally and any little kinks will be worked out with my two visits to Bay Area Chiro Care and Dr. Christina this week and I'll hopefully be ready for Miwok by Saturday.
I'm fortunate enough to have a friend turn over her house in Mill Valley to me for a couple weeks, so race morning won't be too traumatic but I'll still need to wake up at 3am for the 5am start. (MUST REMEMBER HEADLAMP…)
I'm also very fortunate to have a crew of fine ladies headed up by Lauri and Karen. They're VERY organized (I'm not), so I'll have no whiny excuses for slow aid station stops. The weather looks perfect, albeit a little warm, and I'm going with one handheld bottle and plan on increasing my salt intake about 50% to fight the cramping I've had over the last couple races, which probably caused the calf injury.
The course is beautiful and challenging and the competition is huge. Can't wait to line up in the dark with the other 500 folks.
Live webcast of the race (my bib number is 214), so people may follow along, is at: http://ultraresults.net/miwok/pages/overall_results.php?ek=SLhB9C