A couple Saturday’s ago I took the final step in the process to being “qualified” to run Angeles Crest this July. The Old Goat was my qualifying race, the entry fee was paid long ago, all that remained was the eight hours of trail work on the AC course. Twenty or so volunteers met up and headed out under the direction of Hal Winton cove race director and selected their tools of choice which we would use to preen the trails which we will run.
It was a great time and fun to meet new people and see familiar faces. The real fun began when the trail work was done and Chris, Howie, Bob and I headed out for a training run from Chantry (mile 75 of the course) to the finish line. We started in the last of the daylight and finished up around 1 AM.
Since then I also got in a solid 6 hour solo run and the next day 4 hours with pacer and friend Billy, as well as an awesome adventure in the Mineral King area of the Sierra with Nicole, Figgy, Stitch, and Pace.
With no more big runs training or otherwise between now and race day, the tapering has officially started…