I counted 21 people out training for HURT yesterday and I might even be forgetting one or two. It was a great day on the trails with cooler temps, lower humidity (I was still soaked), strong breezes on the ridges, and relatively dry trails. We had a few passing showers and it wasn't till I had cleaned up and was sitting in my truck that it really dumped some rain.
Here's the list: Kevin and Don from the mainland, plus HURT runners, Cheryl, Rex, Gil, Steve, Birthday boy Paul, Ernest, Fish, Bozo, Richard, Bill, Mike, Harald, Dave, Steph, Joel,. Gordon, Jeff, and Maurice (sp?) plus myself. Thanks to Kat for providing some great aide at three different times and to everyone else who had brought water and other aide.
For many of us, this was a final big tune-up for the HURT 100 just 27 days away. The key thing between now and race day is to stay healthy. A couple of people I know were still feeling the aftermath of the marathon last week. As I was telling people yesterday, these long runs are really just opportunities to stress our immune systems, or our endocrine system to prepare it for the stress on race day. Of course some folks probably had some stress on other parts of their bodies after 50 miles as well. I know of at least two of us who woke up with big appetites and were off early to breakfast.
Stay healthy, keep fit, and focus on your goal. Race day will be here soon.