Well, now we’ve gone and done it.
It was a quiet weekend on the homestead – errands, some tubing, Oscars – not much to report, really.
But today, as a way to jump-start our training for the 2012 running and hiking season, we decided to register to run the Mt. Washington Road Race in June! Yike!
It’s a lottery event, so we won’t know if we’ve been selected until March 16. Each year, about a 1,000 insane, hardy runners from all over the country run up the auto road on Mt. Washington, a 7.6 mile stretch of brutal, steep, usually cold, mostly wet, bug infested, relentless paved and dirt track of road that leads to the highest point in New England.
We’ve climbed the mountain itself many times… but running up that road? Well, that’s something else entirely. Here’s the link to the race web site: Only One Hill
Really, this is all our friend Neil’s fault. Our hiking and running buddy, on a whim, signed up last year for the thing, and was picked! So, we came out to cheer him on last June and it turned into a great day. And despite the fact that he hiked like a half-comatose sand crab up Mt. Willey the next morning, he did pretty well for himself on the race itself.
So we thought, what the heck! If nothing else it will give us a good reason (actually a life and death reason) to hit the gym and get back into fighting shape!
So far, besides us and Neil, our friend Jeff has also registered. Maybe we’ll have a whole team going up. Come join us! We’ll let you know how things turn out on March 16!