This last weekend was my last run of the year. Okay, last paid for run; I still plan to run a couple of times a week around my condo. It was the Insane Inflatable 5K, which was being held in Pasadena.
It was actually on the grounds of a country club. I could tell that we were running on what used to be part of a course, but it didn’t look like it currently was in use. It certainly wasn’t in use that day. I suspect the course was actually 2.5 miles, but I have no way of clocking it.
As the name suggests, there was no mud or water. Instead, it was made up of inflatable obstacles. And it was a blast! There were about 10 of them over the course. It was pretty much climb up and slide down. Sometimes, we had to climb through or go around something. It was different, and a lot of fun.
I do think it could have been a little better thought out. There were so signs pointing to the parking, which was about a quarter of a mile away from the start of the course. I had no problem with the added walk (great warm up and cool down), but signs to let me know I was looking in the right place would have helped. On the other hand, parking was free, which was wonderful.
The course was laid out with a series of yellow cones, but just on one side. As long as you keep the cones to your left, you were okay. It mostly worked, but it wasn’t the best way to lay out a course. A couple of times while getting off an obstacle, it wasn’t obvious where to go next.
It seemed like a lot of people were walking this one, and there were some young kids on it. I was one of the first to finish in my wave, which never ever happens. And everyone was spread out, which is part of why marking both sides of the course would have been nice.
Still, it was a very fun run and I’d certainly sign up to do it again.