I know you are all dying for an in depth play-by-play of the mud run last weekend, so I will not deprive you any longer. Let's begin with a 'before' picture of me. Let it be known that somehow I didn't know a single person who would do this with me. Lots of people claimed they thought it would be fun and wanted to do it, but alas I trekked on alone.If you want to see a map of the course, I posted it here. Starting out, a short distance into the run we met our first obstacle which was the Xterra cargo netting (orange plastic cargo netting stretched between two Nissan Xterras). There were 3 or 4 nets to go over or under or between. This was closely followed by the Water Wall. It was craaazy!!! Beforehand, I couldn't really picture what the Water Wall would be like so I couldn't have expected it to be what it was. They had 2 water trucks parked parallel about 15-20 feet apart with their water sprays on pointed into each other. Can you picture it? Getting close to it I thought it would be misty but not too terrible. Wrong! It was an insane amount of water! I got soaked head to toe right off the bat. Here is a little something I noticed quite a lot on this run:
Run along a mile or so, getting really thirsty, wishing there were more water stands, really wishing they were giving out gel energy bursts or something! I was not smart and had not eaten enough that morning. Finally come to another obstacle. Sheraton River Crossing which was running through a decent size stream on the property of the Sheraton resort out there. I high-kneed it across that baby in no time. Then experienced this again:
Here's something you might not realize about these inflatable things. When they are full of adults, it is really hard to maneuver around without falling all over each other. First of all, I had to wait in line for a while before going in, and after getting inside it was really slow moving. In case you can't really see, you crawl in through a hole, then go over or under some bar type things, crawl through another hole out into a small spot with four pillars, then through another hole, climb up a wall, then slide down and out. It was fun, but super slow.
Run, run, run some more, then come to a giant slip 'n slide. I will confess, I didn't slide through. Like most of the other runners, I ran through. I did see one guy try to slide through, but he got caught half way through. I had already sacrificed precious minutes of my time to standing in line, so I was not about to lose more time trying to slide. Of course this let out into a pool of water, so guess what happened...
Next up, Mountain Climb. Nothing really spectacular to say about this one. It wasn't much of a mountain, but it was still slightly challenging since by this point I had run 4 miles or so.
Go a mile more, another slip 'n slide. Keep going. Getting closer to the big finale. The MUD PIT!!
They didn't tell you that you had to crawl though this! And they also failed to mention that there was gravel at the bottom. I will be the first to admit that I took it pretty wimpy. I was really dragging by the end of this run, so unlike some of the other runners, I was not seen diving into the mud or going in like a cannon ball.
One thing that kind of bugged me about the description of this event was that they said it was a "6 mile, 9 obstacle run, and oh yeah, group showers!" They tried to make it sound all naughty and I have to admit that it made me think twice about doing it. But I can tell you all about the group showers without blushing. After the finish line they had two rows of beach style showers so you could rinse mud off your clothes and shoes. Nothing naughty about it.
Spencer and the kids met me at the finish. Madeleine doesn't have a history of being happy at these events, as I mentioned in this post. They were waiting pit-side to get video of me in the mud pit (my performance is too wimpy to share, sorry) and she got splashed so she was crying.
This was me in line for the showers, so happy to have finished and have my cute family waiting for me.
One last thing I have to share. You know you always get a shirt out of these races and this one is a good one. I have a love/hate relationship with my new shirt. It's a black tank top, nice and long, perfect for working out in. But this is the picture on it.
Need I say more?