I'm doing the Clyde Stride 40 on 21 July and there are CPs at roughly 10 mile intervals. Not sure about the official drop bag as I've amassed a group of supporters ... at each CP I'll have a can of full sugar Red Bull, a small ziplock of mini 1" square marmite sandwiches to eat as I run, plus crisp/snack restock (I take 2 bags of Quavers and two pods of mini jaffa cakes per 10 mile section) ... will also have rehydration tablets and bottled water to refill my camelbak. I know it all sounds terribly orchestrated but this is my first ultra and I've tested and tested the process along the route 4-5 times, so I know where I am going and what I am carrying and what I can get at the CPs. Plus on the last (30) CP I have a mini can of G&T ... and yes, I have tested this too! I also have spare socks and base layer at each CP although when I ran a 31 miler last weekend in the pouring rain, I made it all the way, sodden (the plasticky arch section of each shoe still has water sloshing in it) but fine ... I think in a weird way maybe the water kept my feet cool and lubricated?
I've not yet finished reading the entire thread, but thought I'd add my thoughts just now. I'm training for the 40 mile Clyde Stride from Partick to New Lanark along the Clyde walkway ... I have run more mileage, got up earlier, eaten more crazy things, blubbed/farted/sweated/tantrumed/laughed in public more times than I ever have in my 12 year running adventures. Marmite mini sandwiches, jelly belly beans, full fat Red Bull-u-like, Nuun, Camelbaks, knee-length compression socks ... all the things I never thought I would do whilst clambering up wooden steps high above a river gorge with the smell of wild garlic whilst simultaneaously knocking back ibuprofen and loperamide ... calling my folks whilst running through a watermeadow with elation after creeping, terrified, through a herd of cows and their babies ... getting lost and finding a new appreciation of giant electricity pylons as waymarkers ...
The inspirational stories and recollections from years past really are a great way to lead up to the big day ... it sounds trite, but most people really do have an amazing day ... and we're all one team running in the same direction ... work the crowds - they'll carry you through, look up, smile, shout at yourself, think of things, people, situations that move, inspire, evoke memories and hold all that emotion in until you need to ease it out ... somewhere around mile 17 - 23 is the norm! And first and foremost, take it easy at the start.
To quote an ageing rocker:
'There's a road, long and winding, the lights are blinding, but it gets there ... don't give up, don't look back, there's a silver lining, it's out there somewhere ... everybody wants an answer, everybody needs a friend, we all need a shining star on which we can depend, so tonight we're gonna wish upon a star we never wished upon before ...'
And if this all sounds far to soppy and New Age, just wait until you hit the last mile and finishing straight ...
The course isn't as 'bad' as the profile looks ... two significant hills, one near the start which is hard but short and one that comes after a long steep winding descent that is more steady than steep (although the couple of corners are steep). The wee themed touches on the second hill are very entertaining and particularly on a sunny day, the scenery is second to none, with long flat (yes, some that don't even undulate!) high level sections that are a joy to follow. The hardest section for me last year was the home stretch which although flat was exposed to the wind (but still sunny) and I was tired ... I managed 1h41 and my half PB is 1h36. You can pelt the downhill sections to make up the time, if you want.
And yes, the spread of cakes, snacks and sandwiches at the end is as good as everyone says. Brilliant! This race deserves a bigger reputation, but I hope it stays a guilty spring secret!