I think I’ve told you that I plan to do my first 50k this fall at the Rosaryville 50k. I’m really excited to switch gears after all this time and try my hand at a trail race. Well, a real attempt at racing a trail race–I did the Willy to Billy Bush Race in Australia almost three years ago. It was a 35k crazy run in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney where I was totally out of my element and not trained for the conditions in the least.
But anyhow, with a trail race coming up in November, I intend to spend more time on the trails this year than ever before. Most of this trail time won’t happen until post B & A marathon on March 16, but I do get a chance to play in the mud this weekend.
Along with my friends, I’m going back to the Mid Maryland 50k, put on by local race organizer Bullseye Running, this Saturday. The race is split into five 10k loops, making it ideal for relays. Last year I ran three loops, but this year I’ll just tackle two, plus a couple of miles on the road (this has been a blissful cutback week).
I can’t wait. We had SO much fun last year with this one. Three of us ran our loops together and the laughs never stopped the entire time. The conditions were ridiculously muddy, and if the weather prediction holds true for today (ice followed by rain) we should have more of the same. The muddier the better!
Last year, my shoes were so muddy when I came home that I ditched them in the garage and didn’t even face them again for months. I’ll try to do better this year with that, but no guarantees. I’ll be sure to get lots of pictures.
Anyone else hitting the trails this weekend? Or do you stick to the roads?