So, I signed up for a 50k trail race.
Shit, you guys.
The race is on July 25, which isn’t all that far away, and the excitement I felt when I registered has steadily morphed into paralyzing anxiety.
This will be my first ultramarathon, my first trail race, my first time having to hike large sections of a course, and my first time doing an event at altitude. This is the first time I’m truly afraid that I’ll get pulled off a course for not meeting one of the time cut-offs along the way. This is the first time I’ll be doing a race that even has multiple time cut-offs.
There are other things I’m worried about, too. Like how the hell my sensitive stomach is going to handle the food and water I’ll need in order to fuel a 7+ hour run. I’ll have to practice wearing some kind of backpack/water pouch combo (me, the girl who hates carrying even a small purse). What will happen to my feet? Will I wind up with terrible blisters? Will it be crazy hot in Southern Oregon at the end of July? Do I need to take salt tablets?
In short: WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?!!?