i own snowshoes, enjoy being out on wooded trails, and even somewhat like running, or maybe it's co-dependent relationship with my preferred daily calorie count. therefore, when the opportunity to not only run in snowshoes, but race in them, for a paltry $15 registration, turned the decision making process into "screw it, i'll do it". the 11am start time was kind of a bonus.
'running-in-snowshoes' lesson of the day: oddly enough, what one wears to hike the dogs in, are not what you should be strapping to your feet to negotiate 3.5 miles of trail-- at speed. it was the equivalent of turning up at a cycling race with a hybrid bike, or your local charity 5k wearing a pair of skechers "shape ups".
apparently, i also need to work on technique, because fast people have snow encrusted bums by the time they cross the finish line.