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The Baker Lake Party begins...

Posted Oct 08 2013 12:20pm
The end of last week was a crazy whirlwind of house showings, kids activities, decisions at the new house, appointments and trying to pack for my trip down to Baker Lake. I was still pretty much in recovery mode from  Surrey Marathon  and there I was trying to get mentally prepared to  run an ultra . On top of everything else, it made for some crazy times and a few sleepless nights!

The beautiful oak floors we ordered for the house came from the manufacturer a much darker colour than the sample (a "smoking variation" they say). It's a lovely colour but all of our cabinets, carpet, railings etc. were picked according to the original sample colour...

Top: sample, Bottom: delivered product. A nice colour but
not what we picked!
Run an ultra with a pack of friends, gotta have some shirts!
Obviously this pic is my fave!
Wearing our Team FOMO shirts of course!
A few months ago Solana found us a great little place to stay for the race. Grace Haven cabins were located just outside of Concrete and conveniently close to the race. The camp had several cabins that slept about 6 people each and some were even dog friendly. Solana had the place all warm and cozy for when we got there with dinner on the table and everything!

Chez FOMO
By this point I was starting to get nervous again. Me and all of my stuff had made it down to Baker Lake but I still had to get everything organized and make sure my final race outfit was ready and my drop bag was packed. I pretty much set to work as soon as I got to the cabin.

Everyone kind of laughed as I started hauling out the candy and treats I had brought for my drop bag. I had so many different things with me at Run for Water and I found that what I wanted most during the run were the salty chips and sweet candy. I decided to stick with that for Baker so I bagged up some red licorice, chocolate covered raisins, Pringles and mini granola bars along with my usual Jelly Belly Sport Beans and my new favourite chews, Pro Bar Bolt. For the end of the race, I made sure to have my chocolate milk for yummy refuelling and a few treats to celebrate with.

In a very rookie-like move I had also decided to try something new for this race (I know, I know). I'd been meaning to buy a hydration vest and just didn't get around to getting one until the week before the race. Solana ordered one for me and Friday night was the first time I was trying it on so we took a little bit of time for her to "teach" me how to wear it and use it. I was surprised at how comfortable it felt, even full of water and candy. Just to be safe, I packed my water belt in my drop bag just in case the vest bugged me on race day.

With everything all packed and ready to go the only thing left was to snuggle in and try to get a good sleep. Candace, Dianna and I were all sleeping in the family room together and we chatted a little bit before falling asleep.

You can bet 4 runners in a cabin made for some
pretty good laughs before bed!
We said our final good nights and turned out the light. This was it, no turning back now. 50k or bust!

Next up, my Baker Lake 50k race report.


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