Well, we are in the gut of the beast. If you have been putting off the distance tests, the night runs, or even the full loops then now is the time to plan on getting onto the trails and doing the do. Best make what ever bargains you have to at home, because the weeks are ticking down fast and we are sitting at about four. And depending on what kind of tapering freak you are, you may not have much time left to actually practice before you justify sitting around telling yourself that rest is the answer to doing the HURT.
Frankly I don't have much of an opinion of the taper and feel it makes you really soft and whiny on the dark muddy trails of Sunday morning. But its as hard to talk people out of the taper as it is to talk economists out of the neokeysian concepts of abundant money creation. Both are trying to make something out of nothing. And sooner or later both tend to end up quite badly.
Anyway....this week is a great time to do a lot of running. Starting Friday at 6:00pm there is that thing around and around the inner loop. Just as that ends we are scheduling another loop or two starting at the Nature Center at 6:00AM. If you've got any real idea of doing the HURT you ought to be thinking of coming out and doing a bit of the Hog Back and then doing at least a full loop. Real Ultra runners will be considering a full 18+ hours of trail time.
I urge everyone to post their alternative plans. If you are going out mid week please post the departure times and points. It really helps the new runners to go out with others during the week. Given the condition of the trails lately, some company is, perhaps, a wise thing.
Remember the Hog Back on Friday! Plan on a long run this week-end. The stashes have water! No excuses but to get out there and RUN!
---A point of planning. We are trying to arrange a trail maintenance day on some of the HURT trails in conjunction with Na Hele. The tentative date is January 7th. One of those 'taper' week-ends. Please mark that down and we will get back to you in greater detail as the time approaches.