While this is officially a race, because I paid for it, the approach is a train-through group workout for me. With upcoming longer trail races that I am focusing on, this will allow me to get out on the dirt and take turns a little more aggressively than during the course of a normal maintenance run. I do look forward to running these new and mysterious trails and to running with some very speedy guys. My only expectation is to gradually get out of my comfort zone while running patiently. This race will be all about style.
The past winning times seem slow for the distance, which to me means that this is a difficult course to run fast. As I look at the names of past winners and their accomplishments, there is no other conclusion to draw. With this mindset I have no clue what kind of time I will be capable out there. 43 minutes??? 50 minutes... this is a large range given the distance. The Forest Service has announced that we'll be running with a lot of mud too, which while enjoyable throws in another variable:)
Like I said, this is a style race. Go out there and see what the trail throws at you. Adapt to it, flow with it and as steps accumulate begin throwing something back at the trail!
By all accounts the Dupont State Forest is a beautiful place with many waterfalls and endless miles of trail to explore. The best thing about the day's race... it is my first 12k (7.4 miles) and so long as I finish, I will have recorded a brand new PR.
Enjoy your steps!