You're a machine Greg, awesome time on the trail! Running? Hiking? Poles? Doesn't really matter yeah, as long as you complete the distance you've set out to run and enjoy yourself out there in April, which it sounds like you will be prime for a good double crossing with training runs like yesterday.
I was telling Craig in an email this week that I have a healthy amount of nervousness mixed with a stronger dose of excitement, it's getting close. These next 6 weeks are crunch time and hopefully I will be ready for an enjoyable experience. One thing is for sure I will be scraping the bottom of the barrel climbing up S. Kaibab. Today was a solid 20 mile run for me and Dan with some steep climbing thrown in and some downhill running for the last 5 miles, but our time on the feet was 3.5 hours, so not a long run that benefits being on the feet for 4x that duration come April 14th, but still fitness building I think. Fitting in the slower weekend long runs is killing me! Its hard to get out for the extended time. I feel like I'm juggling 5 balls at once and dropping 3 of them by the end of the week. Hopefully this upcoming weekend plan work out, we're shooting for a ~30 mile run this coming up Sunday up in the Sacramento Mountains, starting from the Tularosa basin at 4,000' and getting up around 8,000+', then turning around and re-running our steps back down. Fun.
You all are inspiring me to keep on trucking!
I haven't even begun to dial in gear, most likely going with 2 handhelds, and my running pack. I'm toying with the idea of throwing in x2 24oz. bottles inside my pack in place of the bladder, for ease in refilling at the water stops. Bladders in general are a pain in the as$. I'll have my game plan dialed in before hand, but right now just keeping it together.