Monday, April 27, 2009

Dirty 6 Recap

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:

Water obstacle+running shoes=heavy feet+dirt trail=extra heavy feet

Next obstacle: Inflatable town. This one was kind of a joke. Only so many people could go in at a time, so I had to wait in line. Part of me was thinking it was sort of nice to take a little breather, but starting and stopping is not the most efficient way to run 6 miles. Not for me anyway. Well, after about 3 minutes in line, the inflatable town deflated and we all had to run on without going through it. Major waste of 3 minutes, but whatever.

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:


Water obstacle+running shoes=heavy feet+dirt trail=extra heavy feet

Surprise, surprise. Run a bit more and come to another Inflatable Town. I don't remember it saying "Adrenaline Rush" on it, but this was exactly what the thing was like.
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...

Water obstacle+running shoes=heavy feet+dirt trail=extra heavy feet

On the way to the next challenge there was a part of the trail that became deep, coarse gravel. Probably for a quarter of a mile. It wasn't listed as one of the obstacles, but I think it should have been. That was not easy.

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?

24 comments:

Ryan and Melissa said...

That looks like it was fun... for the most part!

The Sorensens said...

Sounds crazy. So...next year? :o) I wouldn't have thought of the heavy shoe thing either. How annoying!

Christy said...

Oh my gosh. amazing. I can't believe you did that and am so dang impressed! Ya, I can't admit that I would do it either. It sounds like fun but then when I actually think of doing it I'm like...ya, probably not. Good job though and THANK you for posting about it. That was so thoroughly enjoyable at your expense. :)

Vudochki said...

You are amazing. I can't believe you did all of that and had a huge smile on your face afterward. Way to go!

Laura said...

you are nuts. nobody could pay me to do that. i don't think you can say you were wussy about any part of it, sounds the opposite of wussy.

Anonymous said...

Dirty Six 2010. It's on.
~OK~

Welcome to FarrSouth. . . said...

WTG, Rach! And you are such a super-hero babe yourself, that the tank's graphic is really just redundant. ;)

gay said...

you are a trooper and should sport the tank top with pride! the run seems pretty adventurous!

Maggie said...

I am with Olivia, I'm TOTALLY there next year! I think I'm with you about the tank top though. I wouldn't want to wear a shirt with a girl on it with a hotter body then me! *L* That probably explains why I wore my maternity shirt with Eeyore on so little...

English Garden said...

way to go Rachel!

Jami said...

well I think you should wear the shirt!
Sounds like...fun??? I really wish I could have done it...but now after hearing what you had to do...I would have never made it.
you look hot!

draperm said...

Crazy! How much fun does that sound. It's like being a kid again. I would totally do it if I were anywhere close to being in shape. :)

Carlie said...

Hey Rachel- I didn't know that you have a blog. I do too. Sounds like your mud run was quite the interesting experience. I dont think i could have done that. We are going to miss you guys this summer. But lets still get together when you guys get back and lets keep letting the kids play together. I know Conner and Ian could become really good friends. you can check out my blog at thebrosemannclan.blogspot.com. c-ya in a little bit @ sschool

Jen said...

You GO warrior woman!!! Wear the tank top when you are feeling particularly "warrior like". You rock sista!

sosocalrands said...

Way to go Rachel!! I'll probably just kill over and die in the mud run I am going to do. Anyway, good to know about the heavy shoes, although I guess unfortunately I can't really do anything about it, right? You did awesome!!

AJ and Marian said...

Hey Rachel,

I was here in spirit! I was ready for the dirty 6 but AJ and I got our dates mixed up, and I couldn't find a sitter for Sadie. I know, I suck...I got a group of my friends to run the dirty 6, and I didn't run. Next year!
Did you know there is a mud run in November? It's a five mile run with a team of five people. I'm for sure running the mud run in November.
You did a good job!

MarianK

Julie and Carlos said...

Oh my gosh I was totally laughing at your equation! I had NO idea that they had marathons that include mud pits and inflatable houses! Woah! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Princess Julie said...

Sure glad I didn't do that one, I will leave all the dirty work for you.

What is up with that shirt? It was a male who designed it for sure. .

Great job.

Brooke said...

What a race....that sounds so hard!! I'm so impressed...and you look so cute doing it too!

richards4fun said...

That is such a cool race. Good job, sounds like fun and work. Way to go!

The Maxsons said...

Listen here missy... You are a total babe! I loved looking at your blog tonight, and you are gorgeous and so put together in all your pictures, and your kids are too. So glad to have you as my new friend!
Loves,
linsey

Dave and Cindy, and then some... said...

Hey Rachel, you can totally check out my blog any time! I'm not so great at updating it in a timely fashion, but I try. This run looks like FUN! Is it in AZ? I'm so with you next year (if I'm not prego by then)!! I've always wanted to do the camp Pendelton Mud Run, but always miss it.

PS You know who said...

What an amazing girl you are. We love you and your spirit of adventure.

Samarah said...

You still look beatufiul after the race. HOw DO you do that??? I had to look really close to see the mud on you!! How fun!!