Its almost race time!

We are gearing up for our race this weekend- 35 km up the side of one of the tallest mountains in Germany! Today was my last run pre- race since I like to give my legs a little break so they feel fresh on race day. I did an easy 5 mile run but was able to do my last mile at 7:30 pace and it felt great. I’m really excited to start doing some faster running after this race and not have to worry about having sore legs for long runs.

This is the elevation profile for the race (note – its in meters….so 6000 ft of elevation!). At least the end is downhill, but my legs will probably be so dead at that point that downhill will be really difficult too.

We some how overlooked the fact that there is a MUST carry list for this race and it includes a lot of things…this is from the Zugspitz race website:

It is mandatory to carry the following equipment during the entire competition:
• trail running shoes with a tread that is suitable for running in alpine terrain
• Foul-weather gear for protection from the elements (as a minimum water-proof rain coat)
• Warm clothing (long-sleeved shirt and running pants) as insulating layers underneath the rain gear (in case of bad weather conditions which may set in suddenly in high mountain territory)
• Gloves and a warm hat
• Functioning headlamp and replacement batteries (does not apply to BASETRAIL XL or BASETRAIL)
• X-Mug to get drinks at the food stations
• Water tank containing at least 1.5 liters (BASETRAIL XL and BASETRAIL 1l)
• Emergency gear (first aid kit, rescue blanket)
• Trail Book with outline and detail maps, and altitude profile of the whole course
• Back pack
• Mobile phone with Medical Crew Number saved in its address book to be able to make emergency calls (it must be made sure that the phone can make calls from within Austria as well)
Also recommended.: GPS device, trekking poles, sun screen, fatty cream against chafing, additional supply of own food and beverages, blister tapes
The race organizers will perform random checks prior to the race start and at various check points on whether the aforementioned mandatory equipment/clothing is indeed being carried along. If mandatory equipment were to be missing, the participant in question will be disqualified from the race.

That adds up to a fair amount of weight and it also meant we both had to buy new packs because our camel backs won’t hold that much stuff. We bought these ones at a local store. They should work well for the race and be good for day hikes/long bike rides too. Jack Wolfskin is a big brand here similar to Northface or Patagonia.

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I also baked these last night and if you’ve never made brownies with nutella you definitely should try these out!

http://www.findingsilverlinings.net/2013/02/28/chewy-nutella-brownies/

They are amazing! You don’t get a lot of the hazelnut flavor but the nutella makes them stay super gooey and delicious.

I will make sure to post lots of pics from the race after we make it through the course. Here’s a scary fact for you (also from the Zugspitz website) : The winner of the distance we are running is expected to finish in 3 hours and 50 minutes!!!! So we will probably be somewhere in the 5 – 6 hour range (HOPEFULLY!).

I hope you’re having a great day!

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