You know you want one.
Ah yes, this is why I run.
I think the race started on time. I did not bring my Garmin to the race. I think I subconsciously forgot it since I was really just running for fun today and didn't want the pressure of having a watch tormenting to push myself during the course of the run. I actually wound up surprising myself when I saw the results. I had intended to run with about a 10 minute pace since that is what I do on my easy runs. Trail running also tends to be 1-2 minutes slower per mile than what you would run on the streets given the rough terrain, and on today's trail the ankle deep mud. I was simply shocked to see that I finished in 1:58:52 for a 9:33 pace.
I'm all the way on the left, green striped shorts
I think the course sprung a leak
I had a ball during the race. I kept things nice and steady and picked it up for the few clean and level stretches we had. Much of the race was high kneeing it through ankle deep mud and puddles though. This was the first time I had conversations with fellow runners while out on the course. It was relaxing and refreshing. It was even cooler doing the Double Down and running the course a second time. I felt like my 2nd loop was even faster because I was already prepared for all the obstacles.
What's a little water at this point
Waiting for my post race hot dog.
Muddy Monk does things right. After the race was over all the runners got a hot dog and a beer. They served Finch's which is a local Chicago brewery. I drank their Fascist Pig Red Ale which I didn't realize was 8.0% alcohol by volume until I was most of the way through it. My the time me and Chris had our hot dogs and beers, most the post race party was cleared out. I don't think the cold and wind helped.
Post race with my medal that doubles as a bottle opener
So now that I got Chris hooked on Muddy Monk I'm looking forward to the next one. Looking at my racing schedule though I think I'm going to have to wait until 'Merica! on July 6th in which they are promising a redneck cookout after race with beer and brats. Who could ask for more? If you don't have an aversion to getting a little muddy you should come join us. There is a group discount for 5 or more runners.