I haven’t written in here a while, so let’s catch up. Since last posting my plans for spring racing, I raced the Break-A-Leg 5k (a poor race), Twisted X 5k Beer Run (overall win), and Daisy 5k (poor race) races here in the Austin area. These races really highlighted to me that I was trying to do too much in life and I was falling apart. I spent a large amount of my free time in the spring driving for a rideshare company and this seriously messed with my hip and back alignment and made it hard to run. I was on the verge of quitting running altogether when a vote in Austin killed certain rideshare companies and proved to be a blessing in disguise.After several months of physical therapy and slowly building up training, I think I’m finally at a point where I’m ready to start racing again.
Early this summer, I decided to make trail running my main focus for the next few months. On August 6th, I raced a 30k nighttime trail race at Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas, Texas. Despite the 101 degree start temperatures, I was able to manage my efforts and finished in 6th overall.
Up next on the race calendar, I have the Sky Island 50k trail race in Fort Davis, Texas. This is a race run in Davis Mountains State Park, which has a starting elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level. I am looking forward to testing my climbing legs as I have 5,000 feet of elevation gain to overcome throughout this distance.
My ultimate goal race this year is the Bandera 100k trail race in Bandera, Texas. This is a premium, high-profile trail race and will give me an opportunity to run long and compete against some great athletes. I’ll likely sign up for the Cactus Rose 50-mile race in October which is run in the same Hill Country State Natural Area as Bandera 100 to get some time on these trails.
I’m still figuring out how to run the trail for long bouts, but here we go!