To the Trails

I haven’t written in here a while, so let’s catch up. Since last posting my plans for spring racing, I raced the Break-A-Leg 5k (a poor race), Twisted X 5k Beer Run (overall win), and Daisy 5k (poor race) races here in the Austin area. These races really highlighted to me that I was trying to do too much in life and I was falling apart. I spent a large amount of my free time in the spring driving for a rideshare company and this seriously messed with my hip and back alignment and made it hard to run. I was on the verge of quitting running altogether when a vote in Austin killed certain rideshare companies and proved to be a blessing in disguise.After several months of physical therapy and slowly building up training, I think I’m finally at a point where I’m ready to start racing again.

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Early this summer, I decided to make trail running my main focus for the next few months. On August 6th, I raced a 30k nighttime trail race at Colorado Bend State Park near Lampasas, Texas. Despite the 101 degree start temperatures, I was able to manage my efforts and finished in 6th overall.

Up next on the race calendar, I have the Sky Island 50k trail race in Fort Davis, Texas. This is a race run in Davis Mountains State Park, which has a starting elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level. I am looking forward to testing my climbing legs as I have 5,000 feet of elevation gain to overcome throughout this distance.

My ultimate goal race this year is the Bandera 100k trail race in Bandera, Texas. This is a premium, high-profile trail race and will give me an opportunity to run long and compete against some great athletes. I’ll likely sign up for the Cactus Rose 50-mile race in October which is run in the same Hill Country State Natural Area as Bandera 100 to get some time on these trails.

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I’m still figuring out how to run the trail for long bouts, but here we go!

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