Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Uwharrie 40 this weekend

A new year, a new race season awaits. I love "the renewal" that the new year brings. Opportunities for reflection on what went well and what needs improvement (in ultras AND in life!), and opportunities for new challenges, new friendships, and continued personal growth. Uwharrie 40 has become my traditional first race of the new season, because I love the RDs, the trail, and the entire event. Read my report on the 2005 race here, and view pics of the 2007 event here. The NC folks know how to show the VHTRC a great time, and the team aspect of the race is really fun.

My recovery from Hellgate went smoothly, and I transitioned into my Uwharrie build-up with no problems. I have been training with a group of friends who are Boston Marathon-bound, and I jump into their 3:20 pace group training runs whenever it fits my schedule. We ran lots of good tempo runs and long intervals off the track for the month of January, and now the gang is hitting the track, and I am racing trails. Since I will be racing a lot in the next few months, I am experimenting with racing/recovery/repeat. If anyone has tips for me on this (Goat? Meredith? Anyone?), I welcome your advice.

Looks like I will be getting into Bull Run (yay!), and I am seriously thinking about's to 2008!

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