July 01, 2014

Day 30: Reasons You Should Blog

My list of why you should blog will be the shortest list I ever post:

1.  Because sometimes, you get the opportunity to do things like run in the Hit and Run 5K.

And whether you like running or would rather saw off your legs with a blunt butter knife covered in lemon juice, the Hit and Run 5K is something you want to do.  Trust someone who did it last Saturday.

The race isn't timed, but that didn't make it any less intense for me, my friend Erika, her fiance Jake, and her brother Stefan.  Actually, tensions were running pretty high when we got to the course.  Jake and Stefan had been doing a lot of trash talk when they thought the race would lean more toward the "hit" side of things than "run."

Unfortunately for the boys, there were only 5 obstacles in the 3.1 mile race.  Meaning Erika and I, former collegiate cross country runners who just ran the 2014 Boston Marathon together, had the slight advantage.

But that isn't to say that there wasn't enough hitting to be had.  There was plenty.  And even more impressive was probably the variety of hitting: hitting with water, hitting with punching bags, hitting with large foam squares, hitting with dodgeballs, hitting of the face with the Earth... they had it all.

In fact, there was so much hitting that near the end of the race, Erika and I threw competition to the wind and waited for the boys before we attempted the most threatening obstacle: the three bouncy ball bridge.  Also known as the big balls of death.  Also known as the three huevos azules (but that's only if you're me).

The three bouncy ball bridge was in fact so perilous that they had volunteers stationed there just to give us advice on how to conquer it.  They told us that the only way that they had ever seen it defeated was to bounce from ball to ball like a cat.  Strangely, the term "cat" was very heavily emphasized, which I guess explained the faint "meowing" we heard from the pit.

We came up to the obstacle discussing strategy.  We weren't convinced that "cat" was the way to go; ideas like a gazelle bound were thrown in for discussion.  I personally thought I was onto something when I suggested that we bounce along the balls in a cannonball configuration.  You know, popcorn kernel style.

No one was convinced.

But when we got to the pit of three bouncy balls, with the bodies flying in all directions into the netting surrounding it, we decided to heed the volunteers' advice.

And if we're being honest, I totally nailed "cat."

Overall, the day was nothing but a success, from the controversial pre-race smack talk, to seeing my best friend do a 180 mid-air off a large blue ball, right to the final 250 meter sprint of friendly, blood thirsty camaraderie.

And if that's not reason enough for you to start a blog, well I just don't know what more there is to say.

Thanks, Hit and Run 5K!  See you next year?
For those of you who don't want to wait until next year to do your own faceplants into large inflatable balls, you can check out all of the Hit and Run 5Ks nationwide here.