Lake Samish Runs
What better way to kick off the New Year than by running a local race?! The cold, wet winter can send runners to the warm gym, or even cause them lay low in their homes until springtime appears. Cross training is very popular during the off season, but for some, there is no such thing as an ‘off season’. This is the first year I started running in the ice and snow while wearing cleats on my shoes and it was one of the most liberating experiences. I grew up in Colorado thinking that snow was only meant for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or days off school…never once did I think anyone would choose to go run in it!
By running in weather far below freezing or pouring rain
with wind, showing up to race day with clouds and temps in the high 30’s
sounded ideal! Earlier this month was the 41st Annual Lake Samish Runs, offering 6.5 or 13.1 mile options. I hadn’t run more than 8 miles since September,
so going for the half marathon didn’t seem like a smart idea. We had two
parking lot areas to choose from, and then had to wait for a shuttle to take us
to the start area. Packet pickup was same day of the race for our bibs and
chips. The chip timing was done by BuDu Racing which is VERY cool because they
have results printed out as the event goes on. It is nice not to have to stay
late afterwards (especially when waiting for a shuttle to take you to your
vehicle) or sometimes wait a few days to see the official results.
|Scenic Lake Samish|