Shoreline Sharks 25k(ish) is all set. Not sure if I should feel like a badass, or a dumbass, after that run. It’s a VERY thin line.
The run started with a 2 mile uphill run to the top of Mt. Carmel, aka “sleeping giant.” The entire climb was hard packed snow and ice. Had I known, the yaktrax would’ve definitely come in handy. The run down was interesting; a sled would’ve been ideal, haha.
The run continued on a trail that branched off of the mountain and ran 5.5 miles out. Queue the picture on the left. The majority of the run, approximately 11 miles, was in that snowy/icy mess. Agile ankles saved my ass. The turnaround of the trail was the only portion that was plowed, roughly 2 miles, and I was able to turn it up the pace. After getting back to the icy trail, my tri teammate suggested we stick to the roads. I did not object, haha. We ran the final 3 miles, sans ice, and finished up with 16 miles completed.
I wanted to turn around, at least a handful of times, but decided to stick it out. Call it hardheadedness, call it stupidity, but finishing up that run felt great!