Having run it and having a year to
2) Better training - I will do more race course specific training this year. Last year I did a couple of 20 mile round trips - from the start line up to A Frame and back. I drove to the Summit and ran down the trail several miles and back - did that a bunch of times. I did a 4 1/2 hr training run. This year I will do those again, but add more, including a couple of complete Ascents, a extra 4 1/2 hour run, incline work on the treadmill, flat tempo runs and more core work. One thing that hurt the most last year was my mid-section and all those organs stuffed inside. The downhill pounding really took it's toll. This year I will try to have a more stronger mid section, back, hamstrings, hips. My knees and ankles are another issue here - I am trying to strengthen them at the same time being careful with them not to blow them out.