My 2013 race schedule is starting to take form.
My first race will be the Irish Run St. Paul 8K in March. This is what used to be called the St. Patrick's Day Human Race. It is the 40th running of the race, and this year they not only renamed it, but they are moving the start/finish line, so the race will have a different look and feel. I do this race every year (only missed 2011 on account of the weather) because tradition is tradition.
In April, I am going to run the Zumbro 17 Mile Trail Race down by Wabasha. This is held in the bluff country of the Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area in conjunction with the Zumbro 100 and 50 mile races (the 17 miler is a new offering this year). 100% trails, over 3,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, so it will be nice and hilly. I thought this would be good preparation for the next race.
The next race? May brings the Superior Spring Trail Race 50K in Lutsen. This will be my "big" race for spring, so I will be hoofing it up and down the rugged Superior Hiking Trail. I did the 25K at this event back in 2008, and it was one of the toughest races I have run, so the 50K ought to be rather exciting.
So, that's the plan for the first half of the year. Let the fun (and training) begin!