The chatter about Western States reminds me of those drinks we made in our teens. The first couple of ingredients tasted good but over adding and mixing and soon it's just putrid liquid you would choke down for the buzz or acceptance. I don't mind the overkill and reiterations of the obvious but I prefer it to be accurate. I read Runner's World's preview of the men's race and they called Jornet a "Frenchman".
I'm in the odd world of recovering from a 100 and tapering for a much more demanding 100. The recovery was a breeze. I felt good three days after the run and virtually 100% just 6 days after. Now, 12 days later, I feel super, actually, lean, energetic (except today I'm a bit groggy and thus taking it easy), excited to race and overall in good spirits. I would've traded my favorite signed Donny Osmond poster to be at WS this weekend, whether pacing, crewing, gawking, whatever. However, I'll be sitting in front of the laptop after a run up and down Mt. Evans in the morning (my last bigger effort before Hardrock) and following every update on the WS site, tweet, blog post, etc. And, my friend, Darren will be at the all-important section of the WS race, Forest Hill, which is 62 miles into the race. He'll be forwarding photos and commentary to me, so I can tweet them. The photos should be telling as to how folks are feeling.
Wish Hardrock would update the wait list. I've heard it's moved some but it's not posted on the site. I've already taken the time off work and am heading to Silverton on Wednesday the 6th. I'm running that sucker (or, crawling up and tumbling down, yeah).
Good luck to the WS runners. Have fun chasing Kilian. Bon chance et a vortre sante!