So I don’t know what to do with my Friday posts (well other this is being published on Thursday night). I have been doing the alliterative thing on Friday (nice job Marsden using a word like “alliterative” and following it up with the thoroughly descriptive word “thing”).
I’ve had an either allergies or a cold this week. Nothing too horrible, except tomorrow I have my first real trail ultra (my first fake one was Decker’s Creek Half Marathon and that was mostly on rails to trails so hardly counts and The Nutcracker 12 Hour Race was also rails to trails). Icy-8 (8 for eight hours, icy for well…icy and muddy and all the thing hard-core trail runners love (me, I prefer warm sheets)) is on Saturday. I have figured out a way to deal with work and be able to run the race (by figure I mean I just will run on three hours of sleep).
My cold probably won’t keep me out, but I may try to play it smart (a first) and not run all 8 hours (whenever I talk about playing something smart I almost invariably do the dumb thing). Now that I am typing this, it sounds like I am coming up with a pre-excuse. Well, I may not be a great running, but when it come to coming up with lame excuses, it is a core competency of mine.
Not sure which shoes I am going to wear. I am likely to break the first rule of running by wearing something new on race day. If it is icy/snowy I will wear yak tracks or my Salomon Speedcross 3s for the first time. Hello blisters! I wouldn’t typically try a new pair of shoes on race day, but I don’t have occasion to wear the Speedcross in standard Mount Vernon Trail running (it’s paved). So, I figure I am better trying something new if the trail is crappy than wearing a pair of shoes that isn’t suited to the course.
If you are wonder why I am bothering with a race that is so not in my wheelhouse I am trying to get some experience with trail running and more importantly adapting to changing trail conditions (instead of tippy toeing through 1/8 inch puddles on the road). This will help (I hope) with getting ready for Umstead 50 miler in April and eventually Javelina Jundred in October.
I am still trying to figure out what to do with Friday posts (maybe move to Selfie Saturday? (maybe not)). If anyone has any brilliant ideas, I would love to steal them.
Hopefully I will have excuse filled race report next week. Until then I hope everyone has a Pigtastic weekend!