At noon on May 16, runners will take their first steps of the first-annual Thunder Rock 100 Mile Trail Race. If it’s your first 100-mile trail race, you’ll need to prepare for challenges — both mental and physical — like you’ve never faced before.
Luckily, UltraRunning Magazine has published this great checklist of 100-mile preparations for first-timers.
Highlights of their list (which focuses chiefly on mental preparation) include:
- Have positive mantras to lean on
- Be prepared to suffer for a day — rather than regret not finishing for months
- Enjoy it while it lasts
These are also useful tips for runners who have run 100-milers before — because over the course of 24+ hours, even the best-laid plans can go awry. So take this advice to heart; there will always be a time when you could use a back-up plan.