Trailer Trash


RR--Freezer Bummed 10 Mile "Race" (Read 170 times)


    I hate running in groups, and I am always crabby at the start of a race.  So, you can see why I was so disappointed to hear that the annual Freezer Burn 10 mile race was cancelled this year.  The race director forgot to apply for a permit to cross the railroad tracks.  I'm not sure why anyone would want to plan a race route over a railroad track, but whatever.  The race was cancelled about a week & a half before it was supposed to take place.  When I found out, I was at work, and I felt so downtrodden that I became pretty unproductive.  It's silly, I know, but I felt like a kid who had just learned that there is no Santa Claus.


    So, I did what any rational person who hates group runs would do: I organized an impromptu group run of the same distance, date, and at a similar location as the Freezer Burn Race.  I called it Freezer Bummed.  


    The run started this morning when it was 27 F, wind at 17 MPH, and raining steadily.  I've been fighting off some sort of illness all week, so of course I was queasy & had some gunk in my throat.  About 35 people showed up despite the weather.  This was a good thing, because if no one showed up, I probably would have went home.


    We started right on time, because I'm uptight about things like that.  Most races seem to start at least 10 minutes late. 


    I spent the first 3 miles whining inside my head about the cold, the rain, my stomach, and anything else I could think of to whine about.  After about 3 miles, I finally settled into the run and realized that it was actually a very nice day to go for a run.



    At mile 5 was the aid station.  This was the best aid station in the history of the universe because in addition to the usual hydrating, sugary, salty fare, there were kisses.  But only for me.  My SO & a friend hiked in the rain to set up an aid station & shelter.  (That's my darling in the blue jacket, and our pooch Bonny nearby.)  Hauling the water jugs in by hand alone was an awesome feat!  There wasn't much time for me to stick around--I was soaking wet & freezing.  Gotta keep moving.



    I turned around & headed back down the trail.  By now, the puddles were getting larger, and there were a few patches of mud that sucked on my shoes hungrily.  Luckily I had my Asics goretex shoes on.  I love them.  My feet were dry & toasty throughout the entire run.


    The finish was on a bridge over the Clark Fork River.  I messed up the mapping of the course & put the aid station out about an eighth of a mile farther than it should have been, so the race was actually 10.25 miles.  No biggie.



    After finishing, I was completely soaked.  I stood around & socialized, but I quickly began to shiver & knew I needed to start the walk back home.  As the organizer of the "race," I made sure the start & finish line was only 1/3 mile from my front door.  A hot bath & a baked yam with homegrown eggs warmed me again.  What a great day for a "race."


    Faster Than Your Couch!

      Congrats on finishing the "race"!


      Kudos to you for organizing the impromptu run, including aid stations! Ever thought of applying your skills professionally (our oldest DD makes a living doing just that)?


      Sounds and looks like a fun run, despite the rain. That fog, the grey skies, and the trail look just up my alley, I love running in such weather, fighting the elements. And with a warm bath afterwards, it is even better. Glad you could set up the finish right behind your backyard!

      Run for fun.

      Shakedown Street

        Very cool story. I love it!

        Started-5/12, RWOL refugee,5k-24:23 (1/12/13),10K-55:37(9/15/12),HM-1:52:59(3/24/13)

          Nice! Sounds like fun, and good for you for organizing the event. Thanks for the report.

          Uh oh... now what?

            All bundled up for winter... is only late fall.  Next up, a thread

            devoted to things we whine about while out there.


            Good stuff, going out and encouraging others to be out.


            Is that the Clark Fork--we have paused a time or two to

            run a ways along it.


            Thank you.


              Nice RR and pics! Sounds like your "race" was a huge success and a lot of fun.



                Careful... they may put you in charge of the "real" run !!!!  Sounds like a great run, and even an aid station.  I reallly like the photo of the double track along the river.


                Thanks for the "R"R.

                Houston Marathon - Jan 14th

                Bear 100 - Sep 28th


                  Nice way to turn a bad thing into a great thing.  An Aid Station at a Fat-Ass, way to go!  It takes some impromptu races years to get that organized.  Does your SO and/or dog run as well?


                  Endless trails

                    Thanks for the report. Great job re-organizing at the last minute, and 35 participants

                    is pretty good for a cancelled race. Really gotta hand it to the folks that volunteer for

                    these races, I've been on both sides of the aid station and I'm grateful for people

                    that deal with weather so that we can run and stay fueled.


                      John M: Yes, it is the Clark Fork River.  I'm lucky enough to live just a short walk from it.


                      AT-runner: Yes, both my SO & our dog run.  Although our dog is currently nursing a toenail injury and is off running until that heals.

                      running under the BigSky

                        big kudos to you to take the initiative to get something going, especially considering the less than ideal weather!


                        I was in Missoula over Thanksgiving and ran a loop up Sentinel and down the Hellgate Canyon trail to the Kim Williams trail- about 1/2 mile down the trail I saw a few runners headed my way- no unusual as it gets a lot of runners/bikers/hikers; pretty soon I saw a giant mass of people headed my way (200+)- they were having a Thanksgiving fun run and I was the salmon headed the wrong way!  Big grin

                        nc tam

                          Enjoyed the report.  Sounds like you guys had a great time.  Looks like beautiful country.

                          Ultra Cowboy

                              A hot bath & a baked yam with homegrown eggs warmed me again.  What a great day for a "race."


                            Gotta Love a girl who takes an active role in her Food Chain. 


                            Do you ever run into TreeHugger out there?  (I assume everyone in Montana knows everyone else)



                              Great job out there!  That looks like a beautiful trail.