Three Days . . .

. . . until the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K at Bear Mountain.  Between school, family, and the house, I’m too busy to be nervous, or even really excited.  I keep thinking about it, but I have so many other things to do that I haven’t really had a chance to come to terms with how soon it is.

Today I started packing my bag — three days might be a bit early, but if I realize there’s something I don’t have I need a chance to run out and get it.  I assume I’ll over pack, in terms of gels and things like that.  My first half-marathon, I think I had six GU’s stuffed into my shorts pockets, and of course now I head out the door to run 13 miles without any.  Heck, I think my first 10K I took a power-bar, as if I was headed out for the Marathon de Sables instead of a short jog in Central Park and was running a serious risk of dying of malnutrition over the course of 6.2 miles.

And yet, without the benefit of hind-sight, I find 31 miles through the woods intimidating and will undoubtedly end the race with a Camel Pack filled with uneaten gels.  I’m still trying to decide whether or not to take my camera to get some shots of the course.

Three days.

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About Chris Van Dyke

I am a 33 year-old high school English teacher and long-distance runner. I live in Brooklyn with my partner, our 3 year-old son and 1 year-old daughter and a growing collection of muppets and trains. Besides running and teaching I like to draw, read, write, cook, and play the harmonica. While I didn't get to run my first ultra-marathon on my birthday, I've got a few more I've set my sights on. You can follow my (seldom updated) twitter feed @aboutrunning. I also blog as part of the Run Smiley Collective.
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