Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dirt Days Trail Series-Race 2

Mt. Airy Forest was host to my second trail race in a four-race series, and it was a great one at that! Despite feeling awful in the morning from allergies, I forced myself to load up the car and head on out for the 9 AM start.

The weather was crisp and clear, perfect for a 10.1 mile, 2-loop run, and after a minute or two in the woods, I was feeling strong and remained that way for the 1:34 duration. The trails were in great shape with only a couple of sloppy spots from rains earlier in the week. The first loop got a little crowded, but it forced me to run conservatively early on, and once the groups thinned out on loop two, I felt strong enough to cut loose. I was running in my old Montrail Hurricane Ridge shoes which felt a little heavy, but the traction was very good; no major slips or spills!

Next race is a short one at French Park, but there are creeks involved!


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Flying Pig Update

Well, it's Flying Pig time and unfortunately, I am not going to be participating this year. Sore IT band, a basic lack of training, and a hefty $70 late entrance fee have me a bit concerned about running this year. I may go down and cheer on the runners, but the weather is supposed to be rainy and cool. Good for them, but not so good for spectators. I'm OK with that, though. I have a trail race scheduled for the 16th, part of a 4-race trail running series I signed up for, so I'm going to focus on hill training and some speed work. I have to admit, the Pig is difficult to prepare for, as most of the training is January-March...and I'm not much of a cold weather kind of guy!
Anyway, best of luck to all...