As many of you know, tomorrow are the Spring Superior Hiking Trail Races, 25k and 50k. In my opinion, the best races in Minnesota (I include the fall races in here as well).
This was my first adventure in to true trail racing and ultra racing two years ago. Outside of that, I had only done Trail Mix. As Lewis Black, the comedian, would say;
"MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken"
No offense to Trail Mix, (sorry O.C.) but,
Trail Mix is to SHT races as KFC is to chicken.
I know many of you are 5k, 10k, and half marathon runners. Many of you think the longer than marathon runners are crazy, but listen to this.
You have to run one of these races some time! The time and miles go by. The views are breath taking, and on my first one, we saw a Moose!
The 25k offers up a big challenge, but is worth it to just see the trail. Power hike it if you want.
The 50k will change the way you look at running and make you a trail runner like it did me.
I had the opportunity spend a work day in Duluth today, so I ventured up here last night and stayed at Fitgers. We were upgraded to a suite, which was awemsome.
We had dinner last night at my old friends restuarant, nokomis on the lake. I highly recommended it. Tell the owner you run with me, and he will charge you extra. Not only was it good food, but he has 5 Belles beers on the menu. I got their last consecrator dopplebock.... Sweet! They had 6, with hopslam, but just ran out last week :(.
So my challenge to you no trail runners. Put this race on the calendar for next year (or do the marathon in fall, and hike it). I have a feeling I will be up there for years to come, even if I am not racing.
And by the way, I know how to "take it easy". But, I feel the juices flowing through my veins right now, and can't wait to hit the trail in the morning.
I will be competing against Steve Quick to see who can pick the most flowers.
22 hours until start............