Running the Pickle Run kicked off my #13in2013 race goal. Boy was it a kickoff, too! I dressed for the cold temps, though I worried a bit about having enough layers on. I also worried about finding the right meeting spot at the state park. Would the ground be really hard or really muddy? This is what keeps me awake at night.
The Pickle Run offers 2 options – a 5k road race or a 4.4ish trail race (yes, that’s an “ish”). The trail portion is sponsored by the fabulous folks at Nolan Painting. They set up the trail course and have volunteers on the course to help the runners, and cheer us on. As a prediction run, there are no watches allowed on the course. There is however, a Pickle. The point is to catch the Pickle, and win some crazy prizes at the end.
The trail race is my event. I imagine myself leaping over dead tree stumps like a gazelle though I probably look more like um, something else. I find the trail races tend to be more challenging because of hills and obstacles which fits right in with my mantra, “Hills build character.” This trail race was equally fun and challenging, especially since someone stole some of the course markers after the Nolan Painting volunteers spent an hour or so marking out the course. I may not have finished with my predicted time, but I’ll have a story to share which is what running is all about for me – the stories, the community, and the character-building aspects.
Next month, I’ll be doing the second Pickle Run in the series, followed by the final race in March. At the end of March, I’m running the 15K Mudfest Trail Race in Reading, PA. And yes, I’ve already woke up one night worried about wearing myself out so much on the trail that I can’t drive home. I have to figure out how to have a buddy come with me.