All week long I was watching the weather predictions, it was bleak - rain all week including during the race. I have been super lucky to date as this was my 32nd race and none of them have been in the rain. Luck.
Arrived at Fort Yargo with plenty of time to check in, cycle through the porta-pottie line, and try to stay warm, temps were in the mid 40s. The full marathoners started at 8:00 and half at 8:30. The walk over the starting line was definitely an indication of things to come as there were puddles everywhere. We watched the full marathoners trek through this and began to wonder if all 13.1 miles would be like it.
|Thrill in the Hills Half Marathon at the start
At 8:30, we were off. The first 2 miles or so wasn't too bad, mud, puddle wise. But that quickly changed. At first when we came upon puddles, we could go around them. Sure it takes you off the course but it helped keep your feet dry. But the puddle frequency increased and going around them began to mean going into marshy areas (think sink your foot in and if your shoe is not tied tight, it might just stay in the mud without your foot) or going through briars. Hey, this was not in the brochure :)
After a while, with mud caked up to your ankles and your feet as wet as if you hosed them down, well that was pretty much how the race was to be. As the race organizer said on their website (dirtyspokes.com), "FREE Mud Run".
The entire trail was not like the pictures above, but there were so many hills and the water was always in the low parts. I was glad I got to do the race but I was really glad when it was over.
Oh yeah, no, none, nada, knee pain. :) Very pleased about this. And of course as soon as I finished, did 15-20 minutes of stretching while eating the post race pizza they provided!