Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Warrior Dash

Almost exactly one year ago I signed my hubby, John, & I up for the Warrior Dash. It was much cheaper if we committed so far in advance. So, I signed us up. Then waited.

I have friends who have done it and this muddy, obstacle filled race was on my bucket list of 5k's. This weekend was finally our time to give our all at the Warrior Dash.

It was all I thought it would be. Challenging, yet loads of fun... except the never ending steep hills. Those sucked.

Here we are waiting for our start time.

3, 2, 1, Go - complete with fire!

The first obstacle: wading our way through a muddy pond, climbing onto, walking across and getting off a floating, bouncy island (Alcatraz), then wading our way to the other side of the pond.

Totally doable. And, a great obstacle to start the event.

However...here I am trying to be silly waving at my husband. One second later I jabbed & scraped my leg on a stick standing up in the pond. That's what I get for trying to be silly... Funny, that's exactly what I tell my kids when they get hurt while messing around. It really didn't hurt too bad when I did it. But today, it looks horrible. It's big & red and purple.

Top of the Slippery Mud Mounds

Bottom of the Mud Mounds

Muddy feet & legs within the first mile.

Rope Pipeline

I'd say we're somewhere around the first mile here. It was definitely a pretty place to run/walk through all the fir trees. Somehow I didn't get any pics of the hills. But trust me, they were there. Lots of them.

There was a couple variations of the wall climbs. Thank goodness for the ropes.

We crawled under things.

And climbed up rope walls.

We took a fast slide ride into a pit of muddy water.

They saved the best/worst for last. This was horrible. This black goopy stuff was thick. Really thick. It was incredibly difficult to even move an inch. I wouldn't be surprised if people have anxiety problems in this crazy mud bog.

We finished!

John blessed my shirt with his muddy hand print.

Muddy Bib

Muddy Legs. Muddy Feet.

To clean up before getting in your car, you can rinse the mud off in this lovely pond.

Rinsed off & ready to head home. But, not before taking a pic with our viking helmets.

This was not just any ol' typical 5k. It was a challenge. I was worried about the obstacles, but they really weren't much of a problem. A couple of them had me nervous, but I completed them just fine. There was nothing I felt I could not do. The most challenging part was going up all the hills. There was hill after hill with obstacles in between.

On my slower running days, I will run a 5k in about 45 minutes. So, I gave us the goal of finishing this obstacle filled race in an hour. We didn't. It took us about an hour and a half. Some time was wasted while waiting in line to get through the obstacles and also I hadn't counted on all those hills. We walked more than I planned. I wasn't going for time anyway. I just thought we would do it quicker.

I'm so glad we did it. I think my hubby even had fun.

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