Saturday / tomorrow wraps up the Series in Black Forest - it is the closest race of any (year round) to my house (about 10 minutes drive away). I have actually thought about running to and from the race before - but that thought ran away.
I ran it yesterday by myself in 24 degrees, with light snow falling and a steady Northerly wind blowing. The plows had not been through yet (although they had this morning), so there was in places up to 6 inches of snow. Approx 80% of the course is covered still this morning even after plowing, so hopefully the sun will hit a lot of it today - but I still expect it to be icy in several areas that are sheltered by trees from the sun.
The (10K) course is about 2/3rds dirt roads, the other 1/3rd is paved (going up Swan and then Herring Rds) with some good rolling hills throughout, total elevation gain is close to 450 feet. Knowing quite well the likelihood of ice on some of the slopes is got me thinking to use the Yaktracks, or at least taking a slower frame of mind into the race.
I'll run it w/ #12, with an eye on trying to beat his time from last year - a few ticks over 50 mins - moreso, just making sure he stays upright and within sight of other kids in his age group.
Realistically, I don't think he will be faster than last year - he just seems to not be a focused on the whole thing this year, despite now being in first for the age group. Maybe it is soccer that is occupying the mind and body, maybe something else. In any case - I'll let him do his thing, encouraging as we go, pushing gently if I think it will help - watching the footing too.
Back to yesterday - I ran it harder than our training run on it last Saturday, wanted to see if I could break 50 minutes, but missed it by a little bit. Weather and footing probably contributed to that, but I was still over 2 minutes faster than last Saturday. In better conditions, including race conditions, I feel confident I could go under 50, that will likely wait till next year.
So, we will see how things go tomorrow, mostly optimistic of good things for him.