In some ways it has been so great to get out the door on most days and have no care in the world about looking for ice and such and getting on some real dirt trails for workouts in early January. On the flip side in a weird way it has made getting into a grove a little harder for me. In a way running those long slow miles in the snow each winter helps set a tone. I guess it is a give and take. That being said I am looking forward to my Sunday long trail run this weekend. I bet it will even be muddy go figure.
Not much to report on the training front. I have been overall getting in some OK weeks as well as trying to keep the pace up a few times per week. I had a super solid weekend last weekend with a fun run Saturday with my little brother Kraig. Man it had been to long since we had run. Then Sunday I had a super trail run with Paul and Mike and Jason out at Lebanon Hills. We had about a inch or two of snow on the trail with super temps and a nice bit of sunshine. With Sylamore 50k just 2 weeks away from this Saturday I have been trying to get in some more hills as this has been lacking post North Face 50 mile. It might be a light to late overall for that race but I need to remind myself that this 50k has never been about pushing all out, but more to break up the winter and keep the drive towards Black hills 100 miler in late June going. All in all I feel OK about where I am. This weekends long run will tell me allot I think.
Oh yea last weekend I also had the pleasure of watching my wife Sonya run a great 1/2 marathon at the St Paul Winter Carnival. Heck she was 2nd overall even! Well until next time take care and happy running to you all!
** Here is a little video about Hal Koerner from the North Face. Good luck to him this weekend at Rocky Raccoon 100 miler.