Like much of blogland, I signed on for The Boring Runner's second annual Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K. Of course, Adam lives in Arizona and so has little recent experience freezing anything other than ice cubes, but he apparently grew up in the Midwest and remembers what winter is like. Seeing as no likely victim presented themselves for a photoshop blogjacking, I actually had to run this one.
Luckily, I had good company. Patrick, Mike, and Wade all were running Saturday morning, as were some other members of our tri club. Unfortunately, I was moving a little slowly that morning and kept the boys waiting in the below freezing (hey, 30ish is still below freezing) temperatures, resulting in their threat to AIS (or actually, FOG--feet on ground) me next time I'm late. And there will be a next time.
We met at the local university to run the trails, so I was a little surprised when we set off across campus instead. The guys wanted to run the new section of trail that we helped put in last week, but to get there, we had to brave some ice-covered asphalt first. It was a little treacherous, but no one fell. I dropped behind the group pretty quickly, but every once in a while I could catch a glimpse of bright color ahead of me. After an out and back on the trail, we headed back to the main part of campus. Since I had to go to the bathroom and was dragging behind anyway, I told the guys I was going to stop at one of the buildings and they shouldn't wait for me, I'd just catch them on the trail.
Back at the parking lot, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I hadn't been left behind. Patrick, Wade, and Mike were waiting for me, so then we headed into the woods. Patrick was wearing a camera taking pictures ever 5 seconds, and he made a really cool time lapse slide show of our run.
We're really lucky to have the trails we have locally. It's a really pretty place to run.
|Photo credit: Mike Ransick|
|Mike avoids plummetting to the bottom|
|Not too proud to crawl....|
|Post-race with Wade and Patrick|