Thursday, August 9, 2012

Race Recap: Not Since Moses

A few weekends ago Matt and I went on a camping trip to Five Islands. I knew it was going to be beautiful but this beautiful. I had no idea.

Dancer's pose on the ocean floor at low tide.

View of the camp ground and Five Islands from the office building.

Matt and I at the end of the camping property. There's actually a drop off right behind us.

We originally went because we were participating in the Not Since Moses race. Even though we did still run in the race, I think the camping was the real highlight of the weekend. I haven't been camping in years so I wasn't sure what to expect but it was amazing. We had perfect weather the entire weekend including the drive up. On the way we found an awesome cluster of yard sales and antique stores where I bought a lot of wicked items for my new apartment. One of them I plan on refinishing and posting a DIY for it on here soon. We forgot to take a photo of the shops but we'll do that next year since I think this is going to become a yearly tradition for us.

Our little camp site with this amazing view behind it.

Even though we were late (because of the shopping) we still got to the camp ground with plenty of time to set up our tent, make some dinner and enjoy the evening sun before bed.

Playing Skip-Bo while eating dinner.
One of the many benefits of car camping is that we could pretty much make any food we wanted. So for dinner we had a tofu/veggie stirfry on rice with peanut and coconut curry sauce. It was delish!

Tofu and veggie stirfry with wine :)

Enjoying the view after dinner.

Our muddy feet after a bit of exploring.

I know I know, marshmallows aren't vegan. But you gotta make exceptions sometimes.

Hanging out by the fire.

Right before bed.

We woke up the next morning with a bit of a hangover and Matt had a migraine. I was expecting him to stay in the tent while I went to race but he was a trooper and went with me anyways.

Before the start of the race.

The Not Since Moses race is very unique as it isn't run in a normal race environment, for this race you are literally running on the ocean floor. Five Islands is on the Bay of Fundy and at this particular spot the water goes out so far at low tide that there is actually room to run 5km on the ocean floor. We hadn't done any training for running in mud but it wasn't as hard as I expected. Since Matt was having some chest pains we just took it easy and alternated between walking and running when he was up for it. Because of that our finishing times weren't as expected (48:45 for the both of us, Matt coming in 439th, me coming in 440th) but his health is more important than our finishing times. And we still had a lot of fun! We're definitely planning on coming back next year and training for the distance so that we get some good times.

Start line.

Everyone gathering around at go time.

At the half way turn around point.

The aftermath. We just threw out our shoes.

And there you have it. I can't wait to come back next year. Maybe I won't drink the night before so my head is in better shape for the race. Hope to get a better time next year too!      

1 comment:

  1. what awesome pictures!!! :)
    (ps- i love s'mores, always exceptions for s'mores :) )