Let us go with the "literary" structure and start with the conclusion: DNF at the far turnaround after 26.4 miles. Since the old saying holds that "victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan", this account will necessarily be more brief than if I had obliterated the course record.
This year (my third attempt), I dragged more people out than previously. My dad was convinced to run his first race ever, though he opted for the half marathon. That meant grandparents to help with children! My brother came back for a repeat attempt, bringing his son with him to "crew". And, my original companion (from two years ago) was able to get the time off, so he came as well.
Despite my best efforts, we only improved on our arrival time by 30...
Everyone is welcome to participate, whether you run 1 mile or 500 miles.
Challenge yourself and run in the snow and cold.
The challenge runs from Oct 1 2015 to March 31 2016.
1. All runs/walks must be BAREFOOT
2. Temperature with windchill must be less than or equal to 50°F (10°C)
3. Any run of 1/3 mile (0.5 km) or over can be counted
4. Add your total distance and runs in the appropriate temperature range on the following spreadsheet:
On Saturday morning 19 September 2015, my husband drove with me to the Hocking Hills State Park (in Logan, Ohio) where I would be running the Hocking Hills Indian Run near and through the Hocking State Forest. This event offers 5k, 10k, 20k, 40k, and 60k distances. I've done the 5k and 10k in the past. I chose to do the 20k distance this year. Barefoot, of course . We arrived at the Dining Lodge, where I quickly checked in and claimed my t-shirt and bib number. The 20k distance starts at the Lodge and uses individual start times, but all runners have to start by 11am and I was nearly out of time! With a look of uncertainty, the starter asked if I was running without shoes....