I hadn't planned on doing anything for the solstice (aside from enjoying some sleeping in) until a few days ago, when by chance I saw something called the Filthy Four on the FB. It appeared to be a
I got up at stupid early o' clock and dressed, then took off a couple pieces of clothing once I stepped outside and realized was was near 60° F. It turned out to be very easy to find the rest of the group at the starting corner (even though I didn't know anybody there except the organizer), as nobody else was outside at that hour, in the dark, much less a group of people in running attire. We ended up with a total of 14 runners, including two women, which I was rather happy at, as I got someone to run with who was slightly more my speed.
The "race" had a total of four designated big hills (although the overall course had plenty more small ones). Three of them were short (1/3 mile or less), and only one had a grade of >30% (not the long one, thankfully). I impressed myself by actually making it up (running) all of them, although there was definitely at least one point where I wasn't sure I was physically able to keep making forward (upward) progress. I was far behind the rest of the guys during the hill sections, but by
The longest night eventually gave way to the grayest dawn, which barely lightened the sky through the clouds and mist, and the only indication of sunrise was an increase in ambient light just enough to see the path through the park. Unfortunately the last mile also brought chilly rain, so after a blurry group picture, snack and awards break after the final hill, I hurried home. Total distance was just over 8 miles, with about 1000 ft of climbing (almost all of that concentrated in about 1.7 miles). Then the rest of my day involved sitting in the car for 8 hours because of a family Thing, and now my legs are super tired and sore and ouchy and probably going to hurt a whole lot tomorrow but I feel good about the run, and have a slightly renewed motivation for running more hills (once the weather gets warmer/drier).