#fitness friday: january winter pickle run

by Barb on January 25, 2013

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What’s green, cold, and always crazy? Why, the January Pickle Run!

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.

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Kristy January 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I love your “Hills Build Character”, I think I am going to use that! Good luck with your races, trail running can be a blast!!


AmyC January 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I run on trails, but have never run a trail race. I can’t picture how all the runners would fit ;)

I call hills my “mounds of opportunity”!

Happy Fitness Friday!
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Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness January 26, 2013 at 6:50 am

What fun! I love trail races but with the 12 in 2012 last year I don’t think I ran any. Today is my first race of the year and my first of 13 in 2013 trail races! So excited and anxious to go!
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Victoria January 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

Love it! what a fun run. I have yet to do a trail race but I do want to try one.
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Carrie @ FamilyFitnessFood.com January 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

I love the image that you picture yourself as a gazelle and yet may not quite look like that. I hear you.

What a great race series. You’ll do great on the 15K! You can do it.
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Becky January 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

These sound like fun! Thanks for linking up for 31 Days of Resolutions!


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