Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gearing up for Sunmart

This is an old picture of Huntsville State Park taken on a beautiful misty morning at the Hog's Hunt back in April. I'll be back there this weekend for the Sunmart 50 miler - the first part of the Texas Trilogy. The weather forecast looks perfect for Saturday - high of 63F and low of 40F. I have all my stuff ready to go, and I am getting ready to break one of the big running taboos. Huntsville is one of those trails that you can run well in road shoes, but last weekend I ran a hole into my "should have been retired long ago" Asics road shoes. So I have three options - I can either wear my Montrail Hardrocks (heavy trail shoes built for technical trail), Vasque Velocities (not as heavy as the Montrails but still no lightweights) or a brand new "never been run in" pair of Asics trail shoes (very light - the trail version of my road shoes). I want to run a fast race so I'm going to gamble and go with the Asics. I will tape my feet really well and take my Vasques in case I need to change them out after one of the loops, but I hope I won't have to.

I haven't run at all since Sunday. I've been working late most evenings which has resulted in a forced taper - maybe all for the good. I've carb loaded well for the last few nights and am hoping for the best.

Besides, with the good news I've had this week I have an extra spring in my step.

3 comments:

johnt said...

You are going to do fine, Bro. You for sure needed the taper. You have been hitting it hard as heck for the last 3 months. Dont worry about the new shoes, I put 80 miles on those Vasque at Cactus and they only had 3 on them when I started.

Go Rock the HOUSE!

Jeff said...

Have fun on your back to back Mr.

Derek said...

Good luck and look forward to hearing how it goes!