Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Beauty

Time for something new.  With work being nuts, the 2012 season a "meh" season, and a zillion other little niggles in my life, I need something different to focus on.
Something stress relieving.
Something not governed by a "clock"  (well, less so).
Something beautiful.
Like trail running.
I tried the game this spring by signing up for the Mendon Mauler, a 12 mile trail race in (of course) Mendon Ponds park.  Didn't happen.
It was my second DNS ever, but I suppose a broken foot is a legit excuse. (First DNS...2006 half marathon.  I was so freakin sick that weekend.  Bummer).
I'm back.
Fall Beauty....what more can you ask for?
I'm still training for my winter marathon (whatever that ends up being, still up in the air), but I need something different.  And fun.
So I siged up for my first trail race next weekend!
I've run trails.  Um, twice.  Does that count?
The Rochester Orienteering Club is doing their annual Mendon Trail races on November 3rd.  The hubs and I were supposed to be out of town, but life intervenes, so we'll be here.  There's a 5k, 10k, 20k and 50k option.
I was almost a big dummy and signed up for the 50k.  Hell, I don't care what my time is.  I'm a trail virgin.
But I'm not that big an idiot, so I signed up for the 20k.  Just slightly idiotic :-P  Hey, the 5k, 10k and 20k all cost the same....and I'm economical!
I don't think I'll do a trail run first.  I have a 13 miler tomorrow, a 7 miler on Tuesday, and speedwork on Thursday.  Next Saturday is supposed to be 14 miles...I think 12.4 on trails will about equal it out.
Oh yeah, and 2200 feet elevation gain.
Pshh, no biggie.  I can't wait! Now let's hope it doesn't snow.....hah.
Do you trail run/race?  Any tips for a newbie?

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