Now, moving on :) I survived my first spin class in 17 days last night! YIPPEE! Between being home for 10 days for Thanksgiving and this crappy sinusitis, I feel very out of shape. But I was so happy to be back. Getting my legs working, my HR pumping and seeing friends. Of course this was the hardest workout yet of our Fall spin season, but hey, I like being thrown into the fire!
This past weekend, the awesome Steph, who co-leads our cycling and triathlon club, organized a race called the Pack Mentality Run and Ultra. This run was setup in the river valley and offered distances of 10K, 25K and 50K. Since long distance running is often deemed a lone-man sport, the challenge for the 25K was to run with a partner, while the 50K required a team of three or more. It was a low-key race with one aid station and a super low registration fee of $10 which benefitted the Inner City Children's Program.
Before coming down with the plague, I had signed myself & Shaun up as aid station volunteers. Knowing it wouldn't be smart for me to stand under a bridge for six hours in -18 degree C weather, I decided to stay home to keep warm & continue resting while Shaun manned up for Team Mason.
Now I've seen my fair share of aid stations from my Gatorade days, but there was one thing different about Shaun's experience: he had to pour drinks on-demand because otherwise they would freeze. So Pittsburgh friends, please stop rubbing in your 60 degree F weather these days ;)
If you're wondering what the 50K race was like, check out the video below. If that pumps you up, you can sign up for the 2013 Half Ass (25K) or Fat Ass (50K) runs (same courses) on January 5 here!