2017 Western STates Pre-Race Reflections
Post by Magda Boulet
2015 Western States 100 Winner
GU Energy Labs VP of Innovation, Research & Development
Planning to run your best 100 mile race involves lots of different factors. Beyond the physical training, which included back to back long runs, my favorite hill workouts and many early morning miles before work, I also know that executing my nutritional plan can make or break a race. Having the right equipment will make my race more comfortable, and the strategic assemblage of my crew will light my fire. The final piece of the puzzle this week is my mental game plan, and putting together my “mental drop bags” for different parts of the course.
I know at some point, there will be suffering. Actually, there will likely be many points that will involve suffering. The trick for me is having specific memories, thoughts, or mantras to reflect on so I can get myself through each low point. I’ll prepare several, and use them for different reasons at different parts of the course…