Today I signed up for my first official trail race. I say official beacuse I've been running around the mountains whenever I can for years, but it's always been on my own time and just for the adventure of it. When an ad for the North Face Endurance Challenge Series showed up in my Runner World magazine I gave it a glance, but thought that it was just Ultra's, which I know enough to know that those are not for me. After about the 3rd ad I saw, I decided to just give it a look, and lo and behold, it's NOT just Ultra's and suddenly I was all in. I signed up for the 10k at Bear Mountain in May. I know I can run farther then 10k, but I figured for my first official race, I should go conservative and pick one that I felt pretty confident about completing in the time alloted (2 hours for the 10k). I'm hoping it all goes well and that I can turn this into a yearly race, moving up to the 1/2 maybe next year after I get a sense of the course and the mountain.
So now I have to decide how to train for this bad boy. There's no mountains near by, and let's be honest- the weather here is currently keeping me from runnning outside all that often anyways. For noe I'll just keep plugging away and keep my eye on the trail!
Bear Mountain Virtual Tour
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family