...if only for the Saucony shoes on my feet!
Starting with the second issue. There is a chance the race could be cancelled the park services have the final say. I think it is too early to predict that yet. Then there is the issue of trail conditions, a friend and I went out yesterday and all we could do is ‘post hole’ we got about a mile and a half in about an hour and half.
I tend to think we will be seeing snow, ice, mud and some run-able sections but who knows. It is probably best to check with the website or me the few days before the race..."..."now all you might need are snow shoes (two of my sons live in West Virginia they were supposed to get another ten inches last night.."
I said, "...heehee. I wonder what kind of pace I could make in snowshoes. ;-)"
to which he responded. "Based on our pace yesterday all we need is a 120 hour time limit..."
Even though I know he was joking, it does not fill me with confidence about the trail conditions.
With so little time I doubt I will get any decent trail runs in before the race day. I know I would be doing this for fun as a lot of trails runners have the attitude of "enjoy the journey." I like that idea. BUT I don't like the idea of 10 hours on an unfamiliar trail in 20+" of snow and ice WITH a stream crossing.
Time will tell.
I will keep getting my miles and see what Mother Nature has in store.
Anyone with experience running a trail race on really bad trails? Creek crossings?
Any advice or suggestions?
Any and all are welcome.