Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Diabolic Dozen - 12athon 10 Mile Challenge Run

Leave it to me to take things to the extreme. Not only did I dream up some of the kooky bonus challenges of the Stet That Run's Virtual 12athon Challenge, I subjected myself to several of them in the very first event.

My original thought was to simply run the 10 miles of this particular event and do the Diabolic Dozen bonus challenge (eat 12 deviled eggs during the run). Pretty good bonus points (12) for that one. But, I'm greedy. I'm also a glutton for punishment, so I started thinking about ways to combine more challenges into the run.

I like beer, so why not throw in the Running Under the Influence challenge. I could even double down with the "two fister" level (drink two beers over the 10 miles). 12 more bonus points for me!

But did I stop there? Oh no. I eventually planned to run and perform a total of SIX bonus challenges during the 10 miles.

The Challenges

  1. Diabolic Dozen - Eat 14 deviled eggs - 14 is the devils dozen, didn't you know that? 12 points
  2. RUI - Double Fister - Drink two Sierra Nevada Celebration Ales. 12 points
  3. Naturalist - I would wear my RunAmoc shoes. 4 points
  4. Galloway - I would walk/run the 10 miles. 4 points
  5. Woodsy Owl - I would run the 10 miles on a trail. 4 points
  6. Sisyphus - I would run a trail loop less than 1/4 mile in length - over 40 times! 8 points

Total points: 10 (for the run itself) + 42 (bonus challenge points) + 4.2 (10% bonus for combining challenges) = 56.2 points, woo hoo!!!!

The Course
Since I wanted to combine the Woodsy Owl and Sisyphus bonus challenges, I had a tough time finding a workable trail loop. Luckily there is a very short nature trail in the woods next to my neighborhood which I measured at 0.24 miles.

Running this loop 42 times would give me a total of 10.08 miles. Perfect.

I had to jump over this log 42 times.
Should have brought my saw...

The Run
Rather than a texty sort of report, I'll just give you the videos I took before, during, and after the run. The fifth and final video below is a compilation of clips taken during most of the run. Enjoy!