Thursday, February 13, 2014

Gearing up for the Frozen Heart 50K

Months of planning are finally coming to an end because the inaugural Frozen Heart 50K is happening on Saturday! Last night our area got about 4 inches of snow, but now it's raining so most of that has turned into a cold slop. Tonight we'll get a little bit more snow and then the high for Friday is 45 so that will melt. At the start of the race on Saturday, it will be just above freezing with flurries. What does all this mean?

This is going to be one MUDDY race.





The thick mud will make it hard to PR, but hopefully the runners will still be able to have a fun race. They might need a weird sense of humor to make that happen, but it's possible.




I've learned a few things along the way about planning a race, but my biggest takeaway is that it takes a team of people because it takes so much work to make it happen.

Originally I was going to run the 50K, but since my body currently has the "Out of Order" sign on it, I'll be there all day as a volunteer instead. I'll be sitting on my ass at one of the aid stations watching mud-covered runners try to eat Oreos and potato chips with cold hands. By the third loop on that tough muddy course, the runners will probably have forgotten how to even drink water.




It's not just a 50K, there is also a 10.5 mile and 21 mile option. Since we don't have medals for those finishers, we decided to give them each a bag of Valentine's day candy. After assembling 90 of those things yesterday, I never want to see candy ever again. Well, that's a lie but that was a shit ton of candy to sort through.

If you're coming out for the race, look for me at the start or at aid station two. I'll be the person gimping around or sitting on my ass with a vaguely pained facial expression. My game plan for getting through the day involves pilfering Coke and Oreos from the aid station table and hoping I get too cold to feel any pain.

We have about 90 runners pre-registered, but we do have race day registration starting at 6:30am if you decide you'd like to come out for a fun muddy trail run! It's going to be a really fun day!








Have you ever planned a race? What did you think was the hardest part? I thought the hardest part was coordinating all the people who wanted to help and making sure no tasks were forgotten or done twice.


Any tips on staying warm while sitting outside in 32 degree weather for 7 hours? I don't have much experience in this.

13 comments:

  1. I'm considering this to be like warrior dash round 2. Much colder though. Bring hand warmers. Multiple ones, they don't actually last 8 hours.

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  2. Be honest, you only talked about not being able to drink water to use that gif.

    You definitely need those hand and foot warmers if you're just sitting around.

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  3. I've played race director. The hardest part was getting people to actually show the fuck up. I even brought DONUTS and See's candy. And there's a perpetual trophy with past winners' names. Three people came last year...not including me. I'm not very popular :(

    Bring a garbage can and make a fire in it. Be sure it's a metal one. Have fun!

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  4. HotHands are the best. Stick them in your gloves and your shoes. I even use them for my back sometimes. It's like a little heating pad in a mini pack. Of course, I live in Florida where a cold day is 65 degrees so take all of this with a grain of salt because I don't know jackshit about cold weather.
    Oh and I've been reading your blog forever and I confess I'm in love with Peanut. She reminds me of my Ruby Doo (a Walker Coonhound) who died last April. Anyhow, Peanut is definitly a coonhound and as you already know they are great running companions. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy Peanut pictures :) I'm sorry to hear that you lost your hound, it's so hard to say goodbye to a pet. :(

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  5. ^ Hothands in your gloves and shoes, flask of whiskey in your pocket. :)

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  6. Oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god what have you gotten me into.

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  7. Honestly, I kind of excited if will be mud and not snow. We will see how I feel once it starts...

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    1. Well, it's looking like it will be muddy snow. Best of both worlds?

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  8. Yes - hand and foot warmers, lots of layers, thick hat and scarf, snowsuit, snowmobile boots, T-Maxx socks and undies (altho don't know if you have those in balmy Maryland - I live in the Great White North where winter is the norm and *summer* a mere blip on the radar).

    I would also suggest *Jumping Jacks* but, well, you know . . . not a good idea for you right now.

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  9. Good luck. I hope it all goes well and your pain meds keep your back at a not-too excruciating level while you're keeping those runners fed and watered.

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  10. How to stay warm: Stay inside the heated tent.
    How to race direct successfully: MAKE SURE to have a volunteer bring a heated tent.

    Yer welcome :)

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