With 5.5 hours until we wake, load into the Dualie (it’s officially baaaaccck!) and drive north to VA for a 7:30am start time I am excited to say it is on!  Take the image of me walking down Woodlawn from the Light Rail station in a full suit in 85 degree weather about 4:30pm ET as I approach the Dualie store (Adventure Vans on South Blvd in Charlotte) to bed with you.  Oh yeah, I had my laptop in hand but left the sticker reading “dork” back at the office.

I think the team is ready.  I only wish I would have practiced going to bed at 9:30 at night a bit more.  3am will come very early tomorrow.  Last point before putting down some food items we are bringing – we didn’t get to runner profiles for Runner #5 (“The Animal” Alex) and Runner #6 (“Push it” Whitney).  Will try to get these out there post race as they have good things to say…

Food we are bringing:

  • Peanut Butter/Banana/Honey sandwiches.
  • Processed pasta foods (raviolis, butter noodles, mac-n-cheese)
  • Bananas
  • Tx Pete Hot Sauce
  • Beans, Beans Good for your Heart!
  • Gum – mostly for that horrible Saturday morning van breath
  • Juice
  • G2 – when did Gatorade change its name.
  • Chocolate Milk – poor mans recovery drink.
  • Peanut M&Ms
  • Some water.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanuts
  • Starbucks powdered coffee mix (really??)
  • GU Gels

I love this race – looking forward to seeing some of the old faces from the race.  Wishing we had some clever van tactic that we could use with/against/as a game with the other teams (did I mention we do have the Dualie again?) and ready for some 40+ miles of running while we are out there!  Most of all I am looking forward to running out of the exchange zones in the dark of the night following some blinky that by that time and nearing mile 30 is typically shrinking into the dark ahead of me.

By the by – if you haven’t read Born to Run you truly need to do so – inspiring, fun and sick all at the same time.  Good night – until the start!


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