This past weekend, you were probably walking around the house setting your clocks forward an hour (at least those ones that didn’t do it automatically). Stove, toaster oven, clocks on the walls, watches, etc. Or perhaps you’re one of those people who didn’t set some of them back in the fall, so now they’re perfect again! (I’m guilty of letting a few of the many timepieces in my life hold on to previous calibrations!)
Spring forward – the name itself implies running!
It’s definitely that time of year. With rain and milder weather in the forecast on the weekend, I was anticipating that my skiing season was quite possibly coming to an end. (I took advantage of some great conditions on Saturday, however, to get out for likely one final skijor with Ziggy on Lake Couchiching…you can see a little video of that here.)
Both of these events this weekend – Daylight Savings and rain – got me thinking about spring and the imminent return of the trail running season. Last summer and again for New Year’s, I had posted about setting goals and the value of this exercise for your training plan. For many, an integral component of the plan is mapping out which races to run in and using those races as milestones for goal setting. The races themselves often double as external motivators, keeping your training on track. They also provide an excellent opportunity for weekend getaways (or longer vacations, depending on your travel plans and the length of the races).
We are delighted to be involved with a variety of different races this year, from the highly acclaimed and anticipated Pick Your Poison (now sold out) at the end of April to the fun, family-oriented fundraiser, Charlee’s Run, to the Trail Running Series at Hardwood Ski and Bike.
There are, of course, a lot of different trail races in Ontario, Canada and internationally to choose from. Sites like the Ontario Ultra and Trail Race Series, Run Guides and ahotu Marathons: International Running Calendar provide calendars that allow you to search by location, race type and distance as well as date. They’re great tools to help you map out your race season.
Is there a particular calendar you like? What about a favourite race? We’re always delighted to hear about favourite tools and events that we can share to help you and your fellow runners make the most of the trail running season.