- Let's preface this with:
- A) DC is training for her first 100 miler, which means back to back long runs.
- B) We're running 31 on Saturday.
- C) This conversation took place last night on a run.
- DC: So, were you serious about running with me on Sunday?
- Me: Sure! Um, wait. How long again?
- DC: Only like ten miles.
- Me: Um. I think I can do that... WAIT. Addendum! I will do it UNLESS I fall down and am bloodied during the race. I won't want to run after that. Not the next day.
- DC: [Without skipping a beat.] Yeah you will.
- Me: Probably. Damn you.
Saturday in KC is supposed to reach a high of 85 with 0% humidity. Let’s hope that there’s an ounce of truth to this, so that I can expend more of my energy worrying about the sharp rocks at the bottom of these hills instead of the humidity.
Excerpts from an informational email from the race directors:
Dear Trail Racer,
Please read this important announcement about the upcoming July 10 event:
Starting Times: Due to a large number of entrants for this year’s event, starting times for the race will be as follows:
50-Kilometer race: 8:00 a.m. 15-Mile race: 8:30 a.m. This will keep the start of your particular event less chaotic, and will allow for more passing, early on the course.
Danger on the Course: This is a REAL trail race. On the race course, there will be loose rocks, roots, small stumps, things to jump over, things to climb over, things to duck under, and the potential for shoe-sucking (and soul-sucking) mud. There will NOT be any deep water crossings, though.
Watch-out: The first 1.5 miles has three dangerous down-hill sections. If you start running down one of these hills too quickly, there is no chance of slowing down near the bottom, (where the sharp rocks are). Please be careful on ALL down-hills. Please pay attention to the trail’s surface conditions.
Keep this mantra in your head: “If you look up, you’re going down.”