TotR: The Road Less Traveled

Welcome back to Tuesdays on the Run, Patty from My No-Guilt Life, Erika from MCM Mama Runs and I are happy to have you stop by.  Today’s topic is Going Off-Road: Obstacle Runs, Color Runs, Tris, Cross Country, you know…everything except road racing.

Most of my races have been traditional road races (well, if you count dressing as a Disney character and running through theme parks as traditional) so I don’t have a lot of experience but I do have a lot of interest in non-traditional races.

Obstacle Runs

I haven’t gotten to run one yet, but the concept of Tough Mudder or Spartan sounds like a huge amount of fun.  I’m super intimidated by the group aspect of the runs, but I love reading about them (Courtney at don’t blink. just run. has some great recaps) and am hoping to get brave (and strong!) enough to give one a try sometime next year.

Color Runs


I had a ton of fun at Color Me Rad last year running with friends.  It was an untimed, low key race set on someone’s farm so the scenery was gorgeous.  The color was plentiful but didn’t bother my breathing and washed out of my clothes just fine.  I’d definitely do it again, but probably not every year and I’d make sure to run with friends again.


Oh how I’d love to do a triathlon!  I love to bike and I love to run and I love to swim.  But the kind of swimming I love to do is splashing around and gently swimming around until I get tired and then just floating.  I grew up in Florida, so I have known how to swim probably just as long as I’ve known how to walk but I never took formal lessons, so I don’t have good form.  Whenever I try to swim laps, I get all confused about when to breathe.  I am surprised the pool lifeguard hasn’t tried to rescue me!  So, tris are on my long term goal list but I need to get a better bike and to invest in some swim lessons first!

Cross Country

About this time last year, I ran the Twilight Cross Country 10k.  It was a beautiful course, out in farmland and it had rained all day which really helped with the late summer temperatures.  Unfortunately all that rain also made the rolling hills on the farm into a big soggy mucky mess.  It was so much harder to run on that soggy mess but it was still a lot of fun.  I’d love to do another cross country race, but maybe in the winter when it’s cooler and drier!


Relay Racing

Another nontraditional race that I’ve been really wanting to try is the Ragnar Race series.  The most likely one for me is the Florida Keys Ragnar.  I love that someone gets to run across the seven mile bridge.  But I also like some of the other Ragnar courses and would love to get to explore a whole other part of the country.  I need to get my back to back running stamina built up but this is another on my 2016 plan!

It’s not actual racing, but one of the reasons I run is so I can have the fitness to do other off road adventures.  The two biggest ones I am determined to do before I turn fifty are to do a rim to rim hike at the Grand Canyon and to hike the Appalachian Trail.


Do you venture off road?  What’s your favorite kind of non-traditional race?

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TotR: The Road Less Traveled — 17 Comments

  1. Ragnar is on my list to do some day. They just added a trail Ragnar up here that our team is talking about doing. Instead of renting a van and driving, there are 3 trails that every member must run at some point, but you always start and end where you’re camping. It sounds so much fun!

    Thanks for the shout out. You should totally try an OCR. If you ever get up to the Northeast, I’ll happily tag along to your first one!
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    • I have to do some research. My first inclination was the Keys one because of the seven mile bridge, but some of the other locations seem even more awesome, plus they’d have the whole “exploring a new area” vibe.

    • I’d love to do them with a group of friends one day both for safety reasons and for extra fun! Let me know if you ever get the itch to explore!

    • I’d love to do a mud run! I’ve never seen one around here but I probably just missed it!

  2. Ooh, I love Ragnar! Great wish list of things to do. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to do it all TODAY, I can just keep plugging away at my wish list.

    • That’s one of my challenges. Patience, grasshopper, patience! I want to do it all NOW but I know I can’t (physically, financially and without my husband and family feeling deserted).