Do you run obstacle races? Or maybe you are a fan of Color Runs? Or do you break up your running with other sports and do triathlons? Today’s topic on Tuesdays on the Run is “Adventure”. Patty, April, and I want to know how you shake things up and step out of the road running rut.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m primarily a road runner. I don’t have a lot of real trails near me and I’m not willing to drive to go for a run. I’m also a klutz and have been known to trip on a completely flat surface, so trails are just an accident waiting to happen for me. And you’ll never find me willingly getting muddy on a run.
But, I have stepped off the road a few times. I ran the Deschutes Dash 10K in Bend, Oregon a couple of years. The course description said “trail along the river”. My interpretation of that was paved path by the river, because, umm, that’s what I have by me. Umm, no. It turned out to be my first trail race. LOL.
My second adventure off the road happened during the Dust Bowl five half marathons in five days. The first day was a trail that I hated. The last day was a trail that I loved. Apparently the conditions have to be just right for me to actually enjoy a trail.
The only time I have intentionally run a trail race was the North Face Endurance half marathon. It was kind of not a half marathon. Instead, it was 14.5 miles. When they offered to top up my water bottle at 12.9 miles because I had another mile and a half to go, I nearly sat down and cried. Yeah, not one of my better moments.
Finally, recently I ran Ragnar. Although none of my legs were on trail, there are definitely trail sections. And I think I deserve some cred for running surrounded by fields in the middle of the night.
That’s it. See, I told you I’m a road kind of girl. How about you? What have you done outside of the typical road race? And did you love it or hate it?