So, it’s here. Race week has arrived. The Run Rabbit Run 100 starts in less than 24 hours! And I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. You’d think that with the lack of actual training on the trails I’d have every other part of the race day prep mastered. Not true. Not even a little bit true. I spent a good portion of last night sitting on my bed staring at 4 mini totes nicely labeled but not even sort of packed…a pile of clean clothes was tossed on my pillows, a stack of half finished lists were scattered across the bed, two cats are crawling all over me and a half packed duffle bag was hiding behind me.

Rather than check the weather repeatedly I’ve decided to pack everything I own. That’s a valid compromise, right? It’s a good thing I drive an SUV…the list of things I need keeps growing! Yea, yea, I know ultras are all about making due with what’s available, which I can appreciate, but what if I need it before or after the race?! All this insane list making keeps me sane…or at least speaks to the tiny part of sanity I have left.

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My crew sure is lucky they aren’t dealing with a crazy person! …oh, wait.
…at least I baked them lots of treats!

I’m going into this race with one goal – crossing the finish line. My secondary goal is as many smiley miles as possible. Beyond that nothing matters. I don’t care about the numbers, I don’t care about how many people are in front of or behind me, I don’t care how many times I puke or cry or trip. Whatever happens out there is going to happen. Right now all I can do is hope for the best, prepare for the worst and hug all of the strangers!

The car is loaded up and I’m headed west. In a few hours I’ll be pulling into Steamboat Springs, meeting up with Paula and making things even more official by stopping by the Run Rabbit Run 100 packet pick up and race meeting. I’ve never run a race that has a race meeting…what have I gotten myself into?!

If you want to stalk my run, here’s how you do it…

If you’re looking to get regular updates on the race head over to ultralive.net, I am bib 282. You are also welcome to stalk Paula, bib 293, as it is her fault I’m suffering this weekend! You can also track first person updates about the race by following #RRR100 (about the entire race) or #runabler (mostly about me). Psst – Mom, click those links, it’ll take you over to Twitter so you can see all the details and watch me be awesome at hating my life!

Lastly, a million thanks to Paula plus my crew and pacers…you’re going to be incredible this weekend and I apologize in advance for any mean things I say to you. Blame it on my run drunk stupor! Also, thanks to Zensah, Columbia and Boulder Running Company in Littleton for all of the training and race day support you’ve given me!


12 Comments

MikeOffTheMap · September 11, 2014 at 10:56 am

Good luck!!!

    Heidi Nicole · September 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Thank you — I’m late to the game with this reply but I’m pretty sure the good luck you sent me still arrived and helped out on race day! 🙂

Laura · September 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

GOOD LUCK! I’ll be thinking of you all weekend and cheering you on from afar.

    Heidi Nicole · September 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Thank you! It was one heck of a weekend!

Lisa · September 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

Good luck Heidi girl!!! Sending you all my very best. Hope it’s gorgeous weather & an awesome experience.

    Heidi Nicole · September 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the good weather wishes — they panned out 100%, the weather was perfect for running (high 20s-low 70s) and it stayed dry!

Laura @ Backstage Balance · September 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Good luck and have a great time! We’ll be rooting for you!

    Heidi Nicole · September 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for all the support — it worked!

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb · September 12, 2014 at 6:03 am

You are going to do awesome! Rock it out girl!!

    Heidi Nicole · September 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I survived! And you were spot on about the mental game — if you believe it you can do it!

karen · September 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

I am following you.

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