"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Last big week

Last week was my last big week (mileage-wise) before my first ever half marathon this coming Saturday.  Now it's time to taper, heal and trust my training.  Can't believe it's here already.  This is something I've been looking forward to, planning for and training for since last January.  I guess it's a goal race.

Race details:  It's a trail half marathon.  The course rolls pretty good, but isn't as technical as a western US mountain course.  We'll be under a canopy of maple and beech trees most of the time.  The trails are mostly single track.  Passing can be difficult, but I don't plan to pass much anyway.  The surface is sand, dirt, leaves and pine needles, some roots, and a few rocks.  My goals are to (1) finish; (2) have fun; and (3) not be last.

For anyone who will be at North Country 2011, I'll be the goofball smiling like a little kid on Christmas morning. I love trail running and it will be a blast to be around other people that love it too.

Last week I ran in more new to me places.  I ran Tuesday and Wednesday nights on the bike path between Charlevoix and Petoskey, MI.  Both were beautiful nights under a big, bright moon.  Little Traverse Bay was gorgeous in the moonlight.  The rest of the week was on my home routes.  I ended up logging just over 30 miles.

So, how's everyone been?  Any races coming up?  How's your fall schedule shaping up?

1 comment:

Krista said...

You'll be fine. I had such a blast at my first half marathon - it was a time I always remember as being one of my favorite running moments. Enjoy and savor!