It has been close to 1 year since I last ran any sort of marathon. Waking up nauseous and dehydrated the morning of the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of last October, I made a game time decision to not toe the line. Was it the right choice? It is up for debate but I am confident in my decisions. As a result I have been itching to get back on the trails rather than the pavement and signed up for the Seneca Creek Trail Marathon.
It is only 7 days out from today and frankly, I am glad. As much fun as road races are, there is something special about the trails and running through nature that running on streets does not have. I think this run will be quite execrating and fun primarily because it is a locally run and operated event. Interestingly this run takes place on the opposite side of the river form the North Face Endurance Challenge in Sterling, VA so it will be nice to see how that is like.
Depending on how I feel and finish, I may sign up last minute for the Endurance Challenge again this year for the 50k instead of the 50 miler. I need to get back into the longer races since I need to replenish my points for UTMB. I have not gotten in during the past 2 years, and I believe that the 3rd times the charm. So we will see.
I will update with pictures and comments after my run this upcoming Saturday. Hopefully the weather is good and the the company stellar.