Went to packet pickup at Eddie McStiff's pub. Saw lots of familiar faces but no one I knew, everyone has beards except me and a few women. Had my small salad and glass of red wine.
I ran the first 2 miles of the course this afternoon and it's packed snow/ slush... I don't have trail shoes. A little concerning. I also talked to the race director who was quite confident that no one should go off course if they are paying attention (he also mentioned a 1/2 mile section where he said snowshoes would be useful). I'm not as fit as usual so I'm expecting to hurt a lot, which is the goal. A little mental training. If someone wants to take it out hard I'm completely game. The plan is to tuck in behind the leader and see if I can hang to the end.