Well, first mistake was I forgot my trail shoes. Luckily, I was wearing an old pair of my road running Saucony trainers, so I decided to suck it up and run in them.
The trails at Salt Fork were a bit of a slick mess, and the road shoes tended to keep me from running fast on the downhills as it was so slick.
But the sun was shining, and it was daylight, and about 40 degrees, so all was good.
Two new pieces of gear on today's run:
A new headband! A merino wool headband from Smartwool. I love it! (My hair is not as red as it appears here..)
I bought a SPI Belt the other day at Vertical Runner. SPI is small personal item belt. I was able to easily tuck my cell phone, car key, Zune, and one gel into the belt. It was comfortable to wear also. I have been wanting something to carry my phone and key in since starting to run in the dark now, that doesn't involve wearing a hydration vest. The SPI Belt seems like it will work out nicely.
I am getting more interested in trying not to carry so much "stuff" around with me on runs. I am thinking I want to run MMT with handhelds, instead of a bladder this year, especially so if I have crew. So I am going to start running with handhelds, starting now, to get used to that again.
Speaking of Massanutten 100 Mile Trail Race, I got lucky in the lottery, was selected. I've paid for the race and I am now an official entrant. I have big goals for this race, and I've actually already begun training for it. It's always nice to get that official "entrant" status to get the extra boost of training going.