One major concern is what to do at the start, the race has everyone starting at the same time. That means those running the 50k will be running with people that are doing the 5k and every distance in between. It is easy to tell a 50k runner from a 5k runner, the 50k runner will have a backpack and a ton of food and water. But where do I start? Do I try and stay with a group of 50k runners? Do I start right in the middle and just run my race? What if I start with the 50k guys and go out to fast, I'll be in trouble at mile 20.
Diabetes wise I'm confident, I know what kind of food my body can handle and what I will need in case my blood sugar falls below my set range. I will definitely have my CGM on but say somehow I'm towards the front as I approach the aid station, do I stop and test or do I trust myself and just grab drink and food? To much time at any aid station for any runner can be the difference between first and fifth. On a trail run you don't see people all day but all of a sudden you're at an aid station feeling good and boom out comes someone that was behind you all day.
That was a nice little nervous rant, I didn't even touch upon the weather or if my stomach acts up. The funny thing is I will not be worried about a thing once the gun sounds and the race starts. The best thing about trail running is that the crowds are not present, it is just you and nature. I'll have a crowd of three people that are my world, that is all I need. I can't wait to finish and give Kate, and my parents a huge sweaty hug!! I also can't wait to FaceTime with "Minnie" and "Sharky", they may not understand what daddy just did but they'll be happy to show me a new toy or that they can write their names. At the end of the day being around family will mean more to me than what place I just finished in, to me ultra running is a metaphor for life. It's not always easy but you find a way!!