After completing my fair share of road races and a handful of trail races, I know where my heart is when it comes to running- in the woods. There is not a doubt in my mind. I love the single track; my eye is on the path as I leap over roots and slide down mossy rocks. My heart sings when the trail opens into an endless field of wildflowers and long grasses. As my friend Rebecca put it yesterday at Afton, it is like we're kids playing again.
Yesterday, my running buddy Rebecca and I completed the Afton 25k Trail Race. Rebecca wrote a wonderfully descriptive post (with photos!) about the event here: Miles and Laurel: Afton Trail Run race report. It's definitely worth a read if you're interested in learning about the joys of this particular event (and how much fun we have on the trails together!).
As soon as I finished this race, I was ready for another. Additionally, I am interested in the 50k option. I couldn't believe the amount of energy I still had at the finish line. As a runner, it has always taken me a while to warm up (and the older I get, I fear this will just get worse). Yet, once I get going, I could keep going forever with adequate hydration and fuel. This ability opens the door to some new racing possibilities!