I had been eyeing the various runs with obstacles such as the Warrior Dash, the Rebel Run, the Dirty Girls Mud Run....... I really wanted to do one! I finally found one fairly close to me and mentioned it to my friend who immediately said I should invite her daughter who is finishing up grad school and slightly stressed.... so I had motive and company! I asked my husband if he wanted to do the Warrior Dash with me and he surprised me with a yes! Then I mentioned it to my girlfriends other kids and two more decided to join us, so I signed up the 5 of us and crossed my fingers.
We all drove down to the site which was about an hour and a half south of my house.
On the ride down, they were all so nervous. Thinking about scratching. Mind you, I'm 44 and they are 17, 21, and 23 (roughly.) I couldn't believe how nervous they were. They were healthy kids and very physically fit. I had to shake my head!
We decided to stay together, no matter what!!! I was very concerned about the wall and rope obstacle!!!!!!! I had nightmares of them all waiting for me to get over it. I felt good about my running, and hoped that it might help me stay up with them.
We got our chips secured in our shoes, watched a few crazy people finish in the mudpits and went over to the starting line. They ran 20 heats. One every 1/2 hour with 600 people. After the heat before us went, we got up to the front of the starting line. I think that a lot of people went in different heats than they were supposed to as ours was the last heat of the day and not many showed up for it. Some people were just going out on their own and I asked if we could, the guy said yes. So we went on our own and quickly caught up with the slower people from the group ahead of us.
What I didn't know about the race was that the 5K wasn't just running like I'm used to. We ran up and down hills, through creeks and mud pits. We ran on small trails through the woods and over rocks and roots. It was a difficult run without the obstacles. The first obstacle was waist high boards we had to go over in the mud. Seemed pretty easy and I did fine. The next obstacly was ropes that we had to climb up and scurry down the other side. We then came to an obstacle where we had a rope and a slanted wall. We had to lean back and walk up. I had no problems till I got to the top. When I let go of the rope and reached for the top, my feet slid down the wall and I was hanging by my arms. (oh shoot) I summoned every ounce of strength my arms could muster and pulled myself up and over. I had a lot of confidence in the obstacles as I seemed to get through them quicker than the youngsters we were with. I think it's because they were more polite than I. I squeezed in and hurried up people ahead of me because I didn't want to be the one that everybody waited on.
Finally, we reached the dreaded wall. To make things worse, I saw two women ahead of me attempt the wall and then quickly go around, so I knew that was an option...... The first pull up was the hardest and then I did ok. I made it over and was thrilled!!!! Now I knew there was nothing I couldn't do. I was exhausted but we kept at it and ran between obstacles even though many were walking. The youngsters had more stamina than we did but if I walked for a minute, they all waited. I'm sure that they pushed me to have a better time than I would have without them. We neared the finish and had to run down a hill, jump over two fire pits (very hot!!!) and then crawl through the mudpits that were covered with barbed wire. I loved it and so did my entire group! We all want to do it next year and are looking for a bigger group.
The shower after was from a water truck that just sprayed us with a huge hose. We learned quickly that they were spraying the girls more than the boys, especially the girls who stripped down to their sports bra..... (not me...)
I had sore muscles everywhere the next day, scrapes and cuts on my knees, but felt such a sense of accomplishment! It was such a fun event!!!!! I can't wait to do it again. Join me?????