Adventures of a Trail Runner: Muddy Monk, Saving My Running “Career”

Despite the name of this blog, there hasn’t been much actual running going on around these parts.  I’ve done a bit of running here and there and a couple races along the way, but for the most part, I’ve been sticking with cross training – lifting, hiking, biking when it was still warm out, spinning on occasion.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been getting back in the groove.  Obviously one of my November goals is to run 8 times and so far so good on that front.  But other than the story line on the Zombie, Run! App (more on that later), there hasn’t been much about running that’s really excited me lately.  That all changed today!

This morning I was on the CARA race calendar looking for something completed unrelated when I saw the link for Muddy Monk’s Wholly Hell 15K.  It’s a 15K trail race that takes place on my favorite hiking trails.  I clicked over to the Muddy Monk website and was instantly intrigued.  I spent an unreasonable amount of time reading through their website, looking over their 2013 race schedule, reading blog recaps from people who ran Muddy Monk’s inaugural race in October.  I liked them on Facebook and followed them on Twitter and got myself excessively excited about all the potential for next year.  I even posted on my Facebook page that my new 2013 goal was going to be more trail running.

Then I think the stars aligned.  They posted on Facebook about their 2013 season pass – $175 dollars for all their 2013 races except 1.  There are 8 races currently scheduled and they’re expecting to host 12 – 16.  What the what?!  That comes out to like $15 – $20 a race!  I’m not the kind of person that feels compelled to buy something just because it’s a great deal, but how could I say no to that?  (Believe me, I spent about 45 minutes justifying the purchase/ trying to talk myself out of it.)  At the end of the day, even if I only ran 4 races that’s still less than $50 a race, and they aren’t even all 5Ks.  The first race of 2013 is a 10K or a 20K!  Oh, and they all seem to come with some pretty bad-ass swag. (And I’m not talking about the kind of crap the Hot Chocolate race tries to pass off as the best swag in the country or whatever.) 

I mean sure, I’m not really a trail runner.  But I did run that zombie 5K trail race in October, and I had an absolute blast.  Plus, I’ve totally fallen in love with hiking.  Banking on those two things, I went ahead and snatched one up.  Well it turns out even after my 45 minutes of deliberation; I was still the very first person to buy a 2013 season pass.  Woot!  I’m never the first person to buy something, ever.  Hell it took me three years to jump on the leggings band wagon (and I still maintain leggings do not pants make.)  Anyway, I bought my pass so quickly that they hadn’t even set up their response system yet.  The head honcho, Art, sent me an email to explain how it worked.  I emailed him back thanking him and decided to press my luck and see if I could get in on their December 1st race as an added bonus for being the quickest draw.  I wasn’t really expecting a yes, but he totally gave me a code to register for the Schiller Chiller on 12/1 for free!  How awesome it that?!?

So I’m officially registered and ready to go.  I am so excited!  Seriously.  I can’t wait.  I want it to be here right now.  2013: Year of the Trailing Runners, BAM!  Oh and get ready to follow my adventures.


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