Thursday, January 23, 2014

Race Report: Frosty Trails 5-Miler

Last weekend, Adam and I drove over to Nashville, IN for a little weekend getaway and the Frosty Trails 5-Mile race!

We had heard that "little Nashville" could be fun to explore, so we decided to make a weekend of it. We got into town Friday night and checked into our hotel room.  To offer some perspective, we had a suite the size of my last apartment for $60 a night.

The packet pick-up was held at Big Woods Pizza, so we stuck around and had a delicious dinner before going back to our room and watching episodes of The West Wing. (Yes, we are total nerds and bought the whole series with a Groupon deal and have been watching it from the beginning and love it.)

The race wasn't until 10:30am, which was awesome! We slept in (which was good because the walls at our hotel were paper thin and we didn't sleep well) and then drove over to Brown County State Park for the race.

Now. It was COLD.  And it snows like every other day (including the day before the race) so the woods were covered.  It was beautiful!  Adam had never run a trail race, and neither of us have run on a snow covered path before.  We took it easy and enjoyed the scenery, and we had a blast!

The race ended up being about 5.2 miles, and we finished in 1:05:20.  I was pretty pleased because we weren't really pushing it since we were trying to enjoy the woods and also not slip and fall!

The smartest thing we did was take hand warmers and put them in our gloves.  Even though it was freezing, I was actually quite warm during the run thanks to those and my multiple layers.  The hoodie I have on is something I invested in just to be able to run in Indiana.  I would never need anything as warm as it in TN.  Crazy.

Anyways, we had a lot of fun.  It was definitely a small town race - maybe 100 people?  But it was great.  Everyone was friendly, and you could tell everyone was out there because they love to run.  It was a good reminder to me of what it is I love so much about running!

After going back to the hotel and cleaning up, we set out to find lunch.  This was not as easy as we hoped... it turns out a lot of businesses (especially restaurants) shut down during the winter. Nonetheless, we found a little "country kitchen" type place and had a DELICIOUS lunch of meat loaf, turkey, potatoes and gravy.

Then we spent Saturday afternoon wandering the 6-8 blocks that make up the little town of Nashville, exploring all of the little shops.  It was so fun to just be wandering around and visiting little boutiques and antique stores.  We found a winery shop where we did a wine tasting. We found a tea shop where I had the best tea I've ever had in my life... it was an apple cranberry, and it was soooo tasty!  We found a jerky store where Adam got some tasty treats.  There was a bath shop where we got some muscle relax bath salts.

I loved some of the old homes that many of the shops were in!

It started snowing, and it was so pretty.  There's just something so peaceful about falling snow.

Once we had finished exploring, we headed back to the hotel for it bit.  It was so nice to just walk around everywhere and not need the car.  After a bit, we decided to go to Big Woods Pizza again for dinner (since it was the only place open.)  It's a good thing it is so yummy!  We would have driven into Bloomington, but with the snow we decided to stay close.  We'll save that for another time.

We spent the rest of the evening watching more West Wing, and then on Sunday morning we checked out and headed back home.  With Nashville only about an hour and a half away from our house, we were still able to get back home and have time around the house before the weekend was over.

Even though we didn't go far or do anything overly special, it was so much fun to go explore something new with my love and run a fun trail race.  I don't count on us doing this race again as we should be living back in TN this time next year, but I'd definitely recommend it!

1 comment: said...

I love combining weekend getaways with a race! And the best way to get to know a town is by foot, glad you had a fun time!!