Terrapin Mountain Half Marathon is what enticed me to start trail running. It’s a tough run with 3200 ft elevation change, but the views look amazing. I definitely want to run it… someday, but maybe not this year.
There’s something called the RNUTS (Roanoke Non-Ultra Trail Series) challenge in my area. It’s a series of 6 trail races ranging from 5k to marathon distance. It’s meant to support increasing distance throughout the spring. I’m leaning toward running the series this year and saving Terrapin Mt. HM for next year. The series requires that I run 4 of the 6 races, but bonus points are given if all 6 are run (and I think it’s be cool to attempt all 6).
- Jan 7 – 10K
- Mar 3 – 5K or 10K (I’ll run the 10K)
- Mar 17 – 5 miler or 10 miler (I’ll try the 10)
- Apr 7 – Mountain 10K (It’s steep!)
- May 5 – 10K or Half Marathon (I’ll be going for the Half!)
- June 3 – 25K or Marathon (This 25K will be my first attempt at more than 13.1!)
It’s a really nice sequence of races! They’re all within 2 hrs of me; the most expensive is $42; and it will keep me running all spring. Unfortunately, with 6 races, even the reasonable prices really add up. I may be asking for race entry fees for Christmas! (haha!)
There is a trail that runs up the ridge behind my house. I can only run it on Sunday’s right now (otherwise, I risk being mistaken for deer and shot), but it’s nice to have it in my own back yard. It’s a really steep trail, though. These 2 pics are from the 1/3 mile mark. On the left, you can see the trail continue up. On the right, you can see the view down – including the roof of my house (It’s green and right in the middle of the pic.)