To my 59 year old body....you are a warrior!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
After many, many months of training and anticipation, I completed the warrior dash in Tulsa, Ok. To get an idea of what warrior dash is, check out www.warriordash.com and click on your state.
It is basically a 3.2 mile race (5k) with assorted and challenging obstacles. Our kids came in from Arkansas to compete along with my daughter's boyfriend. My husband didn't want to compete so he was to be our official photo-bag carrier- encourager!
On Saturday morning we were so pumped. I felt like a kid again. We had bought body paint and went crazy.Had the stereo blasting and just had a ball.
When we finally got there,it was much bigger than we ever thought...think huge horse pastures filled with cars with school buses constantly dropping off and picking up people.
Once we got to the grounds it was like a festival. People were in costumes...there was beer and food and the ones that had finished, had on their viking hats. We all were getting incredibly psyched,.
We were in 12:30 wave and there were about 500 people to a wave. And off we went. The first part was 1/2 mile run over grass and hills that quckly turned into trails into the woods. Stones, incredibly steep hills, vines everywhere kind of upped the challenge. Some of the other obstacles were climbing a wall with a rope, climbing to the top of a huge apparatus of cargo nets and coming down other side, rappelling down a very high wall, going through above waist water over logs, climbing over old cars and tires, jumping over fire and going under barbed wire in a mud pit.
The boys quickly left us in the dust but Kelsey and I had our own pace. The first mile was the hardest for me. The obstacles were really challenging but I still hated the run the most. We finished in 1 hour 8 minutes. I came in fifth in my age group. Honestly, I was thrilled I could do every obstacle and finish.
We all had a blast and are totally committed to doing it again. I know now how to really train to increase my time. There is no reason I cannot be in the top three in my age group.
If warrior dash is in your state, check it ou.
Haven't had this much fun in a long time..
You have done many wonderous things over my lifespan. The greatest perhaps, was to give birth to one wonderful daughter and two outstanding sons. It's kind of hard to top that! But it shouldn't take away from the every day wear and tear of what you have done...bending, reaching, walking, manipulating, holding and on and on. And I am more aware of that every day.
But yesterday, you outdid yourself.
You are a warrior.