Last-minute changes from race organizers made this much different… and more difficult.
It’s usually missing training our bad weather that fouls up a race day, but thanks to COVID, this year is different.
Near the end of 2020, the city where the race typically finishes told organizers they didn’t want racers to enter due to COVID concerns. Instead of canceling the race altogether, organizers decided to find a nearby town to have the race finish.
With that, they had to change the course. Now instead of a flat road course that traverses the outskirts of Zion National Park, it’s now a moderate to difficult trail run that mirrors the trail run they do later in the year. This isn’t what I signed up for at all, but I sure as hell am going to go for it.
With a month left, I have to switch up my training yet again. At this point, I’m not looking for a personal record – I’m just going for the experience. The past few months have been a whirlwind, and despite the injuries and modified training schedule, there’s no reason to cancel now.
I’m going, and am going to run as fast as I can.