And it just gets better. I'm having trouble finding current information on the 10K that I have tentatively scheduled in October, but a description from an earlier years' race described it as follows: "This unique off road race will run through the beautiful level road and single track trail network of the west side Bosque." Assuming they haven't changed the route too much, I think I'm going to have a blast with that one as well.
I think smart training includes running on similar surfaces to upcoming races. So for this next one, I plan to train primarily off road. I also want to mix it up a bit. I have a tendency to run the same routes over and over. That's going to change. And I started by taking a new route for my 4 miler this morning. Fun stuff. Plus a friend of mine showed me how to find some single track nearby. Can't wait to check that out.
Looking at my training schedule for the 10K, all I can think is "Bring on the trails!" This training cycle is going to be fun!