The Atacama Desert Crossing adventure race is just over two months away.
While I always run during the winter, this is the first winter that I've "trained." I'm keeping up my weekly mileage in snow and wind and ice. More importantly, I've been doing all my long runs (and many shorter runs) with my race pack. It's good to get used to running with a pack on -- different form, foot-strike, cadence, etc. Right now I have about 15 pounds of newspaper stuffed into it. I haven't purchased all my gear for the race yet, but when I do I'll transition from newspaper weight to the actual gear I'll be carrying in Chile. The race website says participants generally carry between 15-20 pounds of gear. I aim to make it as light as I can.
I definitely feel myself getting stronger. It's a little weird training in snow and sub-freezing temperatures for a hot and dry desert race...but there's not a lot I can do about that. My main goal for the next couple months is to make my legs stronger. Not surprisingly, the snow is doing a good job toughening me up a bit.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. Sadie and I had a wonderful weekend on the trails. Here are a few photos from Saturday's 25-miler: