It's official! I've registered for the Running Fit Trail Half Marathon on April 28, 2012. It's on my work calendar and everything, so hopefully my boss won't send me to a customer site that week. ;)
I've put together a training plan combining elements from several that I found online. I sort of meshed together a half marathon plan and a 25k plan. The longest run on the plan is only 11 miles. I'd actually like to go longer before the race because it's going to be a very hilly trail - 1275 feet of elevation change - and most of my training will be on roads. But there's a lot of speed work in there, so that should help with the required surges and maintaining speed when I'm tired.
I'm actually pretty excited that I'll be travelling to a customer site in South Carolina again in March. This is where I found the Anne Springs Close Greenway when I was working out there a few months ago. It's a fantastic system of trails that I fell in love with. I'll be working second shifts out there, so I should be able to make it to the trail during daylight hours any day I don't feel too tired. That will be my best opportunity for trail running before the race.
I'm looking forward to a long trail race in the beautiful Michigan spring!