Saturday, January 28, 2012

Freeze Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k

It was a perfect 32 degrees for Adam's Freeze Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k.    Met up with 100+ Patrick, SuperKate and the tri club to run some single track at 7:30 this morning.  Saturday is my day to sleep in, but I thought I would give the group run thing a try.  It was actually pretty fun.

Cool time lapse video Patrick made can be seen here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brP-n-AGv6Y At 3:38 you can see SuperKate and me crawl across a frozen plank to cross a ditch.

We started off running over to the trail we built last weekend (that I never got around to blogging about).  Last weekend it was nice to help the good folks from GORC who build and maintain all the local single track.

Last weekend building a trail

SuperKate and 100+ Patrick last weekend enjoying the free lunch we received

After hitting up the new trail, we ran on some trails that I use to ride about 10 years ago before they closed them.  They are some of my favorite trails and now I'm itching to hit them on the mountain bike.  Lots of trail sections are very close to a ravine making it challenging.




There were a few slick spots including a wooden bridge we had some trouble with.

We resorted to crawling up this.

SuperKate going up the crossing

Maybe I can pass standing up and become SuperMike
Nope!


Wade, me and Patick (showing his better side) after the "race"

We ran a total of eight miles in about an an hour and a half.  Slightly longer than 5k and I'll blame SuperKate for that.  She has trouble with directions and finding her way :-).

Thanks for letting us play along from Southern Illinois Adam!





14 comments:

TriMOEngr said...

Fantastic! I'm still waiting for my husband to get home and stay with kids to get in my 5K. How fun you got to hang with Kate and other great folks! I'm definitely going to have to head over to St L one of these weekends and join in!

XLMIC said...

All o' y'all having so much fun almost makes me want to move to the Midwest. Almost.

Kate said...

You had to beat me in the race AND in the race report race, huh? Awesome job! However am I going to follow up with my own. Anything I do will just be a pale imitation. :)

What a great time! I'm really glad you made it out to run with us, even if you didn't help me out and be late with me. lol. Sorry I didn't get your pictures emailed to you...I took a nap. :)

Jill said...

Yeah, never ever ever ever follow Kate! You'll for sure be lost or doing extra miles or maybe even hiking up Mt. Whitney with a cooler of beer!
Well, glad you got in the virtual race in though, whew!!!

Deb said...

Very cool that you were able to work on the trail. A nice way to give back.

Good job on the virtual race!

Teamarcia said...

How fun! Even the crawling part....well maybe not so much.

Ali Mc said...

That looks like the best time ever!!!!!!!!! it's been far too long since I've had to crawl over a plank....far too long ;)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

So cool you got to meet up with Patrick and Kate - remember she's a teacher and probably using the new math.

Patrick Mahoney said...

Sounds great, that group running stuff. Need to try it.

Theia said...

That looks awesome!

Kepa said...

I like the photos of your precarious bridge crossing!

Kate said...

Hey...I heard that! :)

The Unexpected Runner said...

That bridge crossing looked pretty dicey! Glad you all came out alive!

Debbie said...

Sounds awesome, it must feel great to be a part of this wonderful project. You got some great pictures!!!