We've had a bit of snow up here in Idaho but the daytime temps have melted most of it to keep the trails open a bit longer. While all the skiers are gearing up for the season I am frantically enjoying every day I can of running on the dirt. It's funny, but something about the urgency of the coming of winter is making me run faster. Just this past week I've logged 86 miles and most of it has been at tempo pace. I even did an 8 mile hilly trail loop this morning in 53 minutes. The only time I've run that loop that fast was on the week before WS this year. I'm a bit miffed because there is no real reason for this other than the fact that I am excited to be on dirt. Before too long, the snow will be here in force, my cross-country skis will be taken out of the garage, and it'll be time to switch gears. In the meantime, I'll take all the hard running I can get.
On another topic, I received some great comments on my "plea from the mountains" post and it looks like the Moab 50K in February would be a good mid-winter option. Does anyone know if the race organizers would be willing to move the race to Sunday?
And, how about something for MLK weekend? Anybody out there in dirt land willing to put on a late fatass on that Sunday?
I know, I'm sounding desperate, but the winter is loooong around here.
Hope everyone is doing well. Good luck to all of you doing Javelina. Wish I could be there.