I'm psyched and ready for a great weekend of camping and running in Medoc State Park tonight/tomorrow. I'm doing the 10-miler, which is one of my favorite distances ever.
Here are some reasons why I can't wait to race this thing:
- I haven't raced since my marathon back in April -- WHAT!
- This is a completely "for fun" race, as all trail races are for me. The race director sent an email to all runners this morning about the flooded trail (pictured). If I'd gotten that email before a road marathon, I would be so frustrated and annoyed. But a trail race? I'm like, "whatever, sounds fun!" I will pack my grossest pair of shoes.
- Even though this is a fun-first race, I do have a small goal: I want to beat my Little River 10-miler time from January (1:49:14). Same distance, different course -- who knows how things will shake out, but it would be a nice confidence boost if I could beat that time.
- Camping! I've never camped the night before a race. In North Carolina, people seem down to camp anywhere, before anything. (Next weekend I'm going to a wedding where guests are invited to camp.) Camping + running in the same 12-hour period combines two of my favorite things and will make Saturday morning one of the easiest, most relaxed race day starts ever. I'm pretty excited to roll out of my sleeping bag at 8:10, throw my things in the car, and walk over to the start.
- Perfect weather: 55 and clear.
Hamstring update: My hamstring pain is still there, but it seems to be less bad. I started a beginner-friendly strength training program last week, but missed the second and third workouts because of DOMS. I thought I'd been taking it easy, but apparently not. I'm going to re-start it next week.
My hip pain is still around, but it doesn't bug me too much. I am still doing my clamshells and not doing much, running-wise -- even with this 10 mile race, I will hit just 16 miles this week. Yawn.
Anyone else running Medoc tomorrow?