Mud Hero: Return of the Mud

You may recall my post from the spring when I started up with my second summer of my workplace running club’s spring session (and experienced some good-intentioned fat-shaming). Well, after deciding that it wasn’t really clicking for me the way it did last year, I switched to pre-work jogs instead. There’s a loop in my neighbourhood that includes a steep hill that I thought would be perfect training for running up the killer hills at Ski Martock. (Spoiler Alert: NOTHING would have prepared me for the Ski Martock hill!)

 

Merv Sullivan Park a.k.a. The Pit  Image source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21759538
Merv Sullivan Park a.k.a. The Pit
Image source: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/21759538

 

Despite having to reschedule the event due to Hurricane Arthur, my Mud Hero experience was once again FANTASTIC. Sunday came and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. My dad and I teamed up again, this year going as Team DON’T HASSLE ME, I’M LOCAL. (Shout out What About Bob?!!)

 

THANKS FOR PULLING ME UP THE HILLS, DAD!
THANKS FOR PULLING ME UP THE HILLS, DAD!

 

I haven’t had a chance to talk to others who raced last year, but I’m pretty convinced that this year’s course was more difficult. The 6km race started out with an uphill climb up the Ski Martock hill, with a VERY MEAN psych-out near the top where they added an additional, unexpected climb. Here’s the course outline, which was not how it was laid out in reality. (Don’t think I didn’t notice, Mud Hero!)

 

This picture does not do it justice. The incline was insane.
This picture does not do it justice. The incline was insane.

 

I’m also convinced that there was less mud this year. Still, somehow, I finished faster than last year’s time by five whole minutes! Yay!

 

Mud Hero Finish

 

I don’t want to wait another year to do another fun run like this. Anyone have any local suggestions? Mud optional. šŸ™‚

 

Mud Slide

Krista

 

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