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Tried something different....a snowshoe race

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I tried something different yesterday. I ran a 5K snowshoe race. And, I am so proud to have finished in 42:37 seconds. I went into this race with an option to run 5K or 1 mile. All week I have been debated whether or not I could even finish "running" 5K though the snow. Even as I drove to the race I wasn't 100% sure that I would not wimp out and run the shorter distance. I have never actually "run" in snow shoes at all.

When I arrived at the race I found that all of the other participants looked VERY fit. The race allowed participants to rent "race snow shoes." I was a little scared to find that only 3 participants needed to rent race snow shoes (2 of the 3 included me and my 13-year-old son), meaning all the other participants have done this before!

The race snow shoes were super light, the weather was nice, and I would look at this as just another workout. I decided at that time I would do the full 5K. With the competition, it was likely I would come in last and that did not matter. My hope was to finish in less then 1 hour.

I finished last, as expected. But, I ran it in less then 45 minutes! I actually felt pretty good. I will do this again even.

My son finished in about 24 minutes. And, the race benefitted Autism Speaks. A good day, overall!
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    Switching it up is a great thing to do! Congrats on the positive experience.

    When I first read your title, I was reminded of the snowshoeing races in the winter camping competitions I did in scouts. But that was TANDEM snowshoeing...much trickier, slower, and easy to fall flat on your face. :)
    1946 days ago
  • BILL60
    Well done. Way to venture into the unfamiliar.
    1946 days ago
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