“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”- William Faulkner
yesterday i ran with a group of the LPTR. while i am considered "one of them" i don't always feel like "one of them". someday i hope that is no longer the case. this is the group (minus angela who took the photo) i ran the whole way with. i'm the one in the blue cap. they were great fun and funny to boot! lots of laughs and silly topics of conversation. i really love running with these people.
snowsand (my own definition) - snow that is loose like sand. challenging to run in and hard on the body. often called "powder" - powder is freshly fallen snow that is very light. formed by tiny snow flakes, it is extremely soft. many skiers love powder but runners… not so much.the run was so challenging but i didn't realize that it was ALL HILLS until i got home and checked the info on my garmin.
i'm hoping that my speed will increase and therefore my time will decrease once the snow isn't a factor. i am perpetually surprised at how humbling it is to run the trails. they certainly can knock a person down a peg or two. probably a good thing… especially given my perchance for hubris and egocentricity.
the trail is really breathtakingly beautiful and we ran over part of the trail that i'll be running my 50K on so that was cool. it made me rethink my lofty under 5 hour goal but whateves… i will be happy if i finish the IAT50K i think. this is the course:
i'm going to have to go out there a couple of more times before the race so that i have those legs under me when i finally run it. i want to feel confident about my race and the only way for me to do that i think is to get out there and run the course ahead of time. it looks like a pretty fun course. a 13 mile single track (uphill probably both ways) out and back followed by two 9 mile loops of rolling horse trail groomed trails. i'm glad the hard stuff is at the beginning when i'm fresh. i keep thinking that the two 9 mile loops should be a piece of cake. broken up in those three parts it doesn't seem like a lot of mileage. maybe i'm just fooling myself tho'… hey, whatever works right?