We ventured out onto the course to have some fun. Friday, we ran a part of loop #2. Saturday and Sunday, we ran loop #1. Other than getting lost for a bit, it was a blast. Well, even getting lost was actually fun.
The Spokane River Run is next weekend. It is my favorite 50k, not only because it is practically in my backyard, but because it is an absolutely perfect 50k course with stunning views. Most of the trail is very runnable. Only portions of it are a bit scary for my gimpy ankle. It's a 2-loop course, 15.5 miles each. There are different distances available for everybody - 10k, 25k and 50k. I think there's even a 5k.
(pic: Tim at Deep Creek Overlook)
(pic: across the overlook. can you see my yellow shirt?)
(pic: Yes, this is the trail, added so that the Montanans can feel right at home during the race. Don't worry, it doesn't last long!)
Last year, I ran this 2 weeks after Umstead. This year it's 3 weeks after Pac Rim. I'm feeling pretty good though, so my goal next weekend is to have a good run. What does that mean? Well, I ain't gonna win it. That's for sure! I can't do that. I'll never be fast enough to win a trail 50k like this. A good run is one where I push a little and have a lot of fun. Just keep me away from the swinging rope on race day!
(pic: the swinging rope around 5 miles into the loop. a mandatory stop for all kids.)