I'm already starting to pack for the 100-miler that I'll be running in 8 days. It's not that I'm nervous, it's just a system that works for me. Four or five days from now, I'll say, "oh yeah, I need to take that thingy, too," and I will pack that up, too. It is part of my ritual for getting ready for a big event.
I still don't have a "warm and fuzzy" feeling about the new race director and organization. One of the reasons - I don't know the people, and haven't been to this race before. Another reason is that this (new) RD doesn't answer his e-mails very often, and the web site is still a mid-90's-style BASIC information site, (and it has only been updated once this past year). Also, even potential volunteers have had a hard time contacting the race organization.
Because of these thoughts, I plan to be as self-sufficient as possible, which means packing more than I normally would pack. That way, I will have no worries (other than running), on race day.
UPDATE: The race director called me back on Sunday night. He's updated the web site, and seems to have everything in order. This helped put my mind at ease.
Today's comic strip:
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