Another goal race is squarely in my sights.
In 2009 the Valle Crucis 25k was run as a "test" for the upcoming Chattooga 50k. To see how the hills would feel and the distance would feel while running at a comfortable pace. After all, at that point the 15.5 miles was my longest run of the year.
This year my goals are somewhat elevated. Feeling stronger, faster and lighter I hope to drop some time from last year's 1:42:30. I will run this one without a watch, however. Running blind I hope to be more in tune with how my body is handling the work. Starting gently and steadily pushing toward my limits, wherever they are right now.
Borrowing a quote from Boston Marathon Champion Teyba Erkesso, "The best way to run fast, is to try to win."
While slightly less in my control, I plan on competing as best as I can. I have some ideas concerning the best way to run this course and those I will hold on to. You will just have to read the race report to find out if I was smart enough to run my best race.