Saturday, February 5, 2011
Dirty Dog 10k
The saying is "What doesn 't kill you, will make you stronger", well I better start getting stronger. This was a hard race, I know being on the trail it was going to be hard but the ice and excess snow even made it harder but on the good side the weather even thou it was only about 26 degrees was very pleasant since there was no wind.
The race took place on the grounds of the Mosquito State Park, I wasn't even sure we would have found our way around if not for the great making with ribbons and turn signs.
The snow was so thick on the miles (3.5 - 4) along Route 46 that is was just so easy to walk it since it was a lot of wasted energy trying to run it, now I understood why they said we will be disqualified if we run on the pavement because it was so tempting, this was the harder phase my quads were screaming.
I decided not to carry my own water knowing there was water at about mile 4, and I also ran without music. The trail was really very well marked and even though I have never ran in this area I didn't have any problem at all and I ran mostly by myself.
The goal for the race was really to get trail time and finish in about an hour ten, even though miles 4 was hard I was glad I was able to rally back and not completely die off.
Great race, not sure I will do it again because it is a long drive for a 10k, but I am glad I did it, since it shows me that I am a lot stronger than I think.
Got back home just in time for the next snow storm to start.
Official Finish Time 1:19:53 course was long but no trail run is ever perfect.