With the 2010 event just around the corner, I am trying to remember all the lessons learned (and promptly forgotten) in the past couple of years. What comes out as critical for me is not the elusive 60-mile training run in December, or even the right shoes - my #1 concern is nutrition.
So here are a few items from the HURT100 menu that stood out to me in previous years - stuff that got me through the night, or at least made me trudge on for another leg:
1) Soup (warm - not piping hot). Marian's incomparable potato soup, somebody's miso tofu soup at Paradise Park, Freddy's awesome lentil soup at Nu'uanu (Freddy, you never officially confessed but I think you're guilty anyway: next time, save a few chickens and use vegetable stock!)
2) French fries. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates and potassium, but just the thought of gulping them down whole, sprinkled with sea salt, makes me gag. (I guess I'll never be an ultrarunner!) But last year somebody served french fries instead. Yes!
3) Mini pizza. I will erect a monument to PJ at some point. She dug up a vegetarian mini pizza last year at the Nature Center, from somewhere below that pile of pepperoni pizzas. I swear it kept me going for at least 6 more hours. No, make that eight.
4) (the odd one out but at least nutrition related:) Tooth paste. Rex introduced me to the novel concept of brushing one's teeth on Sunday morning. Makes all the difference!
So, aid station captains, if you haven't yet blown the entire 2010 budget on chocolate-chip cookies (love those too though!), can last-minute requests from the community still be considered? Perhaps others would like to nominate particularly popular items too?
Mahalo nui me ka hau'oli makahiki hou!