cramping contingency plan?
No such thing as a contingency plan if you're going for a stretch goal. Do or do not; there is no try. That said, while I realize you've gone further than this in 24's, this is your first running race of over 50K. Don't throw one too far out there.
Sorry I won't be there with ya. I thought about running the first half, but I don't think that's wise. Toe needs another couple weeks of rest.
Definitely going in with the 'do' mind set. I just don't know how much of a stretch it is. From training, the pace feels doable.
Sorry you won't be there too. I figured the toe would be a show stopper for this one, but you seem to heal quickly so thought there was an outside chance you might still go.
For the cramping:
The 9:30 pace will hopefully push any cramping out past 30-35 miles.
I've put a lot of work into planning the run. The aid stations are conveniently located about every 5 miles so staying hydrated should not be an issue. I'll be carrying 20 oz of water/nunn between the stations, ecaps, and water + sports drink at each station.
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I've tried it on two training runs, but nothing long enough (like 20+ miles) where cramping would be an issue. I did try to induce cramps with no success (a good sign). There are a couple of stretches that reliably cause a cramp on demand.
Sound like a plan. rootin' for you!
9:30's sounds quite reasonable. Just don't be afraid to throw in some longer walk breaks (which will obviously knock you off that pace) sooner rather than later.