I got a late start this morning, but managed to get out the door before 8 AM, and drive up the mountain. I ran along (new) San Juan Trail for a San Juan / Old San Juan Trail loop with,
I chose this loop which begins on the so-called “new” San Juan Trail and connects up with Old San Juan Trail just beneath Sugarloaf Peak because it’s basically the course of next week’s 12k that I’m running. I haven’t run a race of this short distance in a LONG time. The runners will definitely take off faster than I can even run at my fastest, and I’ll get left in the dust right away. In fact, I got a pretty dang good chance of bringing home the DFL. My only advantage for this race is the fact that portions of the trail are extremely technical. I’ve got quite a bit of practice at that. Others may not. Either way, it’s okay. I need to get back into the game. I got out there today and was able to take this technical course, without falling AND without excruciating pain (though it was a bit painful coming in). I’m looking forward to some hard work come race day. But it will be relatively short, therefore, not much time for that negative self-talk that I pledge to work on conquering in the upcoming year.
A bit of the scenery (because I won’t be taking pictures on race day. I will be, after all, attempting to finish before the race director and gang has packed up and left )
Total miles run today: 8.34 (about a mile more than the course I will run next week).