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Mountain Mist 50K is in less than 2 weeks and it's taper time. I can't say that I feel really happy with how I've prepared, but it's close to how I trained last year and I did okay. I really meant to post more about my training, but all I can find the energy to say now about it is that it's been hard. I am trying to do marathon training (since I only have 6 weeks before my next marathon), and training on the trails doesn't fit too well with that. I did a 20 miler on Saturday on the roads. We've had nothing but rain for a loooooonnnng time here in Huntsville, so the trails are nice and muddy right now. It would have been really interesting to run on them this weekend!
I know I shouldn't care about how my new trail shoes look, but I do and I'm hoping they get really muddy really fast. I had a pair of Nike Pegasus trail shoes from a couple of years ago to run in, but I have since decided that I actually like my toenails and have thus had to go up a half size. Since I run for Fleet Feet, we can order shoes directly from Nike for a good discount. So I ordered a pair in my new size and they did not have the right color. I had them order another color even though I could not find it online at the Nike store. Mistake! When they came, they were WHITE and LIGHT GRAY with a little mint green trim. Trail shoes!!!!!!!!! Who runs trails in white shoes? They are so nice looking that I actually wore them to church this morning (I was working and had to dress in T-shirt and jeans, so I thought, "Why not break them in?"). No, the above is not the picture of them. That is a picture of trail shoes the PROPER shade of gray to be used on trails! I can't find a picture online anywhere but I will try to take one before they start looking like real trail shoes. :)
Guess what? MORE rain tomorrow! Oh goodie! But this week, it turns into a cold rain. The good part of this is that I have learned a great method for drying your shoes---stuff them with newspapers and leave them in front of the refrigerator. Who knew?