Fitness Training and Obstacle Racing

Midnight Race Pre-race Thoughts

The Midnight Race is a C- race on my training plan so I’ll keep this post pretty short. It should be fun and fast. The OCR team will be there and it’s always a good time running with them. I’ll be running at my own pace trying to crush the event.

We will be wearing headlamps for this nighttime race and it will be interesting to see how the race goes. The last time I raced at night (Ragnarok) the trail markers were poorly displayed and Stephen Pinsent and I got a little lost. I’m hoping I won’t get lost this time.

The race won’t be overly competitive. There are no elite heats or prizes. The heats are all open waves and you can start anywhere from 9pm – 12pm with heats going off every 5 minutes. I’m happy to see an overall ranking that will be posted after the event because it adds some competitive spirit.

The venue is at Mont. Cascades which is a mountain in the Ottawa / Gatineau area. There isn’t a lot of up and down the mountain judging from the map on the website.  I think it’s mostly one big accent, run around a bit, then come back down.

I won’t be wearing water or bringing gel for the race because I don’t expect the race to last very long. I expect to finish somewhere in the 40 – 50-minute range. There are some fun obstacles (17 listed) and rigs being set up so I’m looking forward to that. If I had to summarize this race I would call it a Mud Hero with elevation at night (in terms of ease and fun, not the amount of mud).

If you read my post on battling disappointment (coming soon), you’ll see that I didn’t taper or slow down in my training this week. It’s been a hard training week and I’ll take that straight into the race. Long term results would suffer if I spent too much time tapering.

I have to give a special thank you to race coordinators at the Midnight Race for inviting me out to the race. I’ll be sure to give a thorough post-race review.

My race mantra for this race is, “This is what you came here for.”

I think this is going to be a fun race for people who haven’t done much racing and if you haven’t signed up already, what are you waiting for? Register at and use promo code “soldiersoffitness” to save 15%!

A beautiful place, a reasonable amount of exercise and among friends. What else could you ask for?

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