Sunday, March 8, 2015


After being rescheduled multiple times due to bad weather, we finally were able to have an orienteering race today!!!  And WOW was it an incredible day!!!  A 55 degree fun run through the snow at Patapsco Valley State Park in Catonsville, MD.
Snow-O Start

This was my first orienteering race where the majority of running took place in the snow and in some places it had depth... by Maryland standards of course;)  The snow made for an interesting dynamic... I wish I was not recovering from the flu because I think I actually could have been faster in the snow... It made the ground even and I wasn't as worried about twisting my ankle.  I was definitely faster on the downhills today but spent most of the uphills huffing and puffing and wishing for solid ground!

The Top of my Last Uphill Leg

Overall, it was a fantastic day!  It felt good to be running outside in beautiful weather again!  A big THANK YOU to all of the QOC volunteers:)

P.S. I appreciated the updated course notes about the water crossings... man there were a lot of water crossings but I came prepared with my thick wool socks and my darker Soloman Speedcross shoes in case of mud!  I was very proud of my belly-scooch/shimmy across a log so that I didn't actually step into the freezing cold water until the 14th control... there were only 15 controls on my course so my foot (yes, only 1) was only soaked for a short amount of time:)

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