MUD—as a trail runner, I love it; it speaks to me. Some of my most treasured runs have ended with mud caked so thick on the back of my legs, I thought it’d never come off. I walk through the grocery store post-muddy runs and wear my mud with pride, like a badge of honor (apologies to whoever has to clean up after me).
I often don’t bother washing my shoes after a muddy run because looking at them later with dried mud brings back joyful memories. And eventually the mud falls off, right?
Given my penchant for mud, it should come as no surprise that Hagg Lake Mud Run (Ultra 50K & 25K) is one of my favorite local races; I’ve done the 25K twice. I was close to signing up this year, but decided my calves needed more time off, so I opted to volunteer.
Since today is Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t think of a better day to celebrate the mud I love and the race that encourages it than by interviewing Teri Smith, one of the three volunteer race directors. After reading her interview, I’m sure you’ll waste no time signing up for this mud fest, which takes place this weekend (note: while pre-registration is encouraged, you can sign up for either race day of event).
How muddy will it be out there? Is mud a friend or foe?
With the epic rains we’ve been having, we expect there will be A LOT of mud and standing water all over the course. We’ve seen photos from the trail recently that show complete flooding. It’s going to be epic. We think mud is friend, of course; it’s the mud and challenging conditions that make this race memorable. As a runner, though, the mud can be a little frustrating, and you might find yourself swearing at it; so let me rephrase: mud can be both friend and foe. [Continue Reading]