Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Picked up my Bolder Boulder packet at Runners Roost with upgraded tech T. Prior to running this race for the first time in 2009, I figured an A qualifier would be a slam dunk, but soon came to learn that for an aging trail runner who prefers technical trails, 18% grade or steeper, it was not so easy.
Last year I really surprised myself and shuffled over the line with just 5 seconds to spare to FINALLY get an A qualifier. I realize that my 37:55 is laughably pedestrian, a truly bad day for most of my running friends, but for me, just earning the right to line up at the front of a race of this size is an achievement in and of itself.
Like most years, I am also managing to go into the BB with little to no specific training or speedwork, just planning to give it all I have on the day with just mountain running in my legs. It is also impossible to taper for such an event, falling on the tail end of Memorial Day weekend, where the temptation to run peaks is just too great.
Oh well, I am eager to give it a go, I really enjoy this particular race despite the fact that I really despise flat road running (it helps tremendously that my company pays for it, as I would be too cheap to throw down the $50).
Any of you faster guys or gals out there want to pace me ;).