I've been a little light on racing this year, but I plan to rectify that soon. If you follow my Daily Mile entries, you may have noticed I'm on a streak: 54 days in a row of running every day. I've been following a training plan pretty closely, working toward Rockledge Rumble and White Rock. Besides those 2, I have a couple more on the calendar.
This weekend is the Rugged and Raw 20K. It's at Lake Grapevine north shore, same trails as RLR, so it will be a good warm-up run for the Rumble. Plus, it's benefiting a cool charity called Back On My Feet, which starts running clubs for homeless people. Check out their site and story.
Next is the Rockledge Rumble 50K, also at Lake Grapevine. I have wanted to run this race, sponsored by North Texas Trail Runners, but if it's on a Baylor football weekend, I skip it. This year Baylor has a road game on that day, at Kansas, so I'm running. It's not the easiest place to run, but it should be considerably easier than the Toughest in Texas 50K I ran in Waco's Cameron Park last year.
I figured, since I'm going to be in shape for the Rumble anyway, and since I've run it the last 3 years, I might as well run the White Rock Marathon. Yes, it's a crowded road marathon on city streets, pavement all the way, but going for 4 in a row, and trying to improve on my time from last year will make it fun.
Isle du Bois Trail Run at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. This one was announced right after I signed up for White Rock, or I might have skipped WR altogether. So, will I run WR, then 6 days later run the IDB 50K? Or run the 10 mile? Or should I go volunteer at an aid station? Or just sleep in? I don't know yet. . . .
As for 2012, I don't know that, either. Will 2012 be my year to tackle a 100 miler? Get another couple of 50 milers under by belt? Hit a mountain run in the summer? There are lots and lots of miles to be run. . . .