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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Howl Rising 5k

Last weekend I ran the Howl Rising 5k at Angel Mounds, literally five minutes from my house. Even though it's a state historic site, the majority of the trails are open to the public and I run them sometimes since it's literally a mile from my house. This 5k was part of a series called Howl at the Moon, where you could run a night time 5 or 50k the night before then run a 5, 10 or 15k or half marathon the next morning. Even though I'm not a big fan of trails, I had been debating running the series because it's so close, the entry fees were super cheap and they're trails I run semi-frequently. 

Unfortunately the night time race got cancelled because of all the rain and flooding we've had recently. I had ran over there right before the Peace, Run and Harmony Half and several of the trails were super muddy and/or underwater so I completely understood why! 

I wasn't expecting much out of this race because you usually run trails slower than your road pace, it was super hot and humid at 7AM and I figured we would be slogging through the mud. I decided I wasn't going to look at my watch the entire race and felt like I was going super slow. But I was pleasantly surprised when I finished in 39:12 with a 12:37 per mile pace. 

And it was super awesome to roll out of bed at 6AM, feed Cameron, get ready and show up for the race 10 minutes before start since I live so close. I might investigate more races there in the future! 

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