So my best friend says to me "I have a place for Rough 'n' Tumble and I'm injured - why don't you do it?" I didn't have a race planned until the first weekend of February and it even sounded like a good idea, right until the first hill.
The fog hide many things and hills loomed from the midst as you thought it couldn't get any harder. At less than a mile into the course the first hard climb of 300ft before levelling and then dropping back down 200ft at a great rate!
|Can't go over it, can't go under it, got to go through it...|
The climb up is only really possible on hands and feet, scrambling up the steep hill only to be met by a photographer! Before there is any real time to recover the decent is almost at the same rate. From 6 miles the course levels, allowing runners to pick up the pace a bit util a smaller hill at 8.5 miles.
The final mile is across fields with the finish in sight. Suddenly forgetting the hard work of the past 9 miles my pace quickened and I crossed the line to cheers from fellow AVR runners and friends.
It's only 10 miles but it packs a punch and I ached at the end for the first time in a while.
Would I do it again? Not sure, I prefer the Full Monty Cute course.