Falls are potentially fatal. Falling is a skill. If able-learn it. Get comfortable on the ground, one day you may end up there with no one to help you. The blue print provides a means to train the reflexive response to prevent a fall as well as the strength and technique for self rescue.
Why not get a bunch of miles out of the way early and then go real slowly during the heat of the day. But there is a better way.
In the trail racing world, the distances are much more “ish” than what would be acceptable in road races. A marathon might be 24 miles or it might be 28 miles…it might be 26.2. Had I been at the pre-race meeting, I would have known that this “marathon” was about 27 miles
When I awoke at 3:30AM on race day, I felt primed to nail my goals. Little did I know that I was soon to be in the most difficult race of my life.