I went into Augusta to drop off my Rise “N Shine 5K race registration for September 28th and while in town, I stopped by the rent-a-car place to see how much it would cost to rent a vehicle for a week
That way I can do some price comparison’s between flying or driving to the Runner’s World Half and Event in Pennsylvania. In case you haven’t noticed I am very excited about going to run and blog about this event, but there is no way I am driving my old 1999 Dodge Dakota that far, with the cost of gas over $4.00 a gallon and the lack of reliability it has shown lately.
There are just a lot of logistics to consider when doing a race that is almost 500 miles away and one of those things includes figuring out travel costs and which way is the best way, especially when the travel and lodging costs are coming out of the savings account.
Plus when I have time I prefer to go and do things face-to-face instead of over the computer, it is easier to ask questions and get answers a little quicker or special rates that you wouldn’t have known about just doing the online reservation system.
After all that I needed to get out and stretch my legs.
Something told me that I needed to check out the Bond Brook 5K course, because I haven’t run it in a while and I am glad that I did. They changed it slightly from the last time that I ran there and if I had been running it in the race tonight and not known about it, this change would have really discombobulated me!
From what I could see they took out the last single track (take a right instead of straight ahead) and added more ski trail (area to pass) during the last mile. I don’t know if I will like it or not, because I like the single track sections the best, but it is what it is.
I enjoyed the easy run and tried out my Altra Instincts on the trail. They did pretty good, however, they are a great road shoe that can be used on simple trails and are not a real trail shoe. For my purposes I wouldn’t want to run a long run in them on more technical trails – they didn’t do quite so well on the muddy/sandy sections of the course and on the wet grassy areas they made things a little “interesting” – after all they are a road shoe.
If I was going to do trails a lot in the Altra’s, I would get the Lone Peak’s and have at it.
Very busy morning to say the least and now time to do yard work and get ready for the Bond Brook 5K Trail Race tonight.