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We Are Warriors (with pictures)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Last Sunday, I did the Warrior Dash in Thompson, CT. For those of you who don't know, the Warrior Dash is a 5k race with obstacles, followed by a festival with music, beer and enormous turkey legs. I ran this race with Greg, my fiance and a couple of his friends came too.

Frankly, I didn't really know what to expect from this event. I've run a 5k before and I work out regularly with weights. Obstacles? Never done 'em. In fact, I would say that I am not an athletic person. As a child I was put in a "special gym" class for kids with problems with coordination. In high school, I was a Mathlete.

When I got to the event, I grew more and more anxious. I was really afraid once I saw the huge obstacles and the crazy hot fit people milling around. I had only 2 goals for that day: #1 finish the race and #2 no injuries. Greg kept reassuring me that I'd be ok and he'd stay with me for the whole thing and not run ahead. He is a MUCH faster runner than I am and I was scared to face this thing by myself.

By the time we got to the starting line, I thought I was going to have a panic attack. I mean, there was a ridiculously buff dude doing 1 armed pushups just to warm up. I was definitely one of the only chicks representing Team Chunk, if you know what I mean. I'm obese. I only finished couch to 5k a few months ago. I was surrounded by athletic, fit people at appropriate BMIs.

That being said, the race started whether I liked it or not. Greg and I took off and ran through the first muddy area. No problem! This might be fun. My awesome kitten face t-shirt got its first round of mud splatters.

Obstacle #1: Teetering Traverse

Whooo. This one was a bit scary. I went really slow and carefully made my way up the ramp and across the 2x4 that served as a bridge of sorts. It was easily 10+ feet off the ground. I did it! Remember, the Warrior Dash has no safety precautions whatsoever. So if you eat it on one of the obstacles, there are no safety nets.

Obstacle #2: Barrier Breakdown

This was a series of over/under hurdles. I nearly fell off this one. Greg literally had to catch me probably on the 2nd hurdle. But whatever, I did it! YAH!!!

Obstacle #3: Assassin's Escape

Oy. This one we had to climb up a wall then shimmy down a firepole. Remember how I'm not athletic? Yes? Well I've never slid down a pole like that. As a kid, I was always too big of a wuss to attempt such a thing. This is one obstacle Greg had to talk me through. He told me I could do it. Just grab the pole and hold on tight with your legs. So I shut my eyes, reached out and let my body take over. DONE! Made it to the ground safe and sound! I can't believe I did that.

Obstacle #4: Storming Normandy

This was probably one of the easiest. We basically just had to crawl under this wooden structure and under some netting. What's next?

Obstacle #5: Road Rage

Fun! We got to stomp all over some wrecked cars and through a field of tires. I gave that ugly PT Cruiser what for.

Obstacle #6 and 7:

I don't remember these. Adrenaline rush or did we make a wrong turn?

Obstacle #8: Giant Cliffhanger

This is probably the one I'm most proud of. This required me to haul myself up a wall with basically just a rope. While I was waiting to do this obstacle, I saw a girl about my size floundering and failing at it. She couldn't get over even with friends trying to pull her over the top. I thought for sure that would be my fate... Greg told me to try to get my body as horizontal as possible and walk up the wall. Let my lower body do most of the work and just grab the rope hand over hand until I made it up. I don't know how I did it but I made it up on my first try! Greg helped me over the top and we dropped back down to the ground together.

Obstacle #9: Deadman's Drop

Didn't think I'd make it OFF this one. It was a pretty sheer drop to the ground but I did it.

Obstacle #10: Tipsy Tightrope

Once again, I took this one nice and slow. The ropes were shaking as I inched my way across. Some d-bag who was in a real hurry jumped on the rope when I was a couple of feet from the end. I thought I'd fall into the water for sure, but I didn't!

Obstacle #11: Cargo Climb

This one was a lot of fun. We had to clamber over a huge structure covered in ropy cargo nets.

Obstacle #12: Great Warrior Wall

This is the only one I skipped. I tried to pull myself up on the rope a couple of times but I just couldn't. It was nearly the end of the race and I was tired. Sometimes it's ok know your limits and take a break.

Obstacle #13: Warrior Roast

Yeah I jumped over fire. F*** YEAH!!!

Obstacle #14: Muddy Mayhem

This was possibly the most fun obstacle. You basically had to swim through a giant mud puddle. Filthy? Yes! Fun? Absolutely!

I was absolutely ecstatic as I approached that finish line with Greg at my side. Strange as it might sound, this was a romantic day for me. I had my darling fiance by my side and he encouraged me every step of the way. I couldn't have done this without him. Hell, I probably wouldn't have even signed up for the Warrior Dash if not for him! He stuck by me the whole time and pushed me to do things I thought impossible. Together we've lost over 150 pounds in the last couple of years and we've become a stronger couple for it.

After that, we got our medals. Then we got hosed down by the fire department before getting some refreshments!

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    YAY you!! Your post is awesome. Fabulous pictures!!

    2014 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my Warrior Dash blog. I love hearing the stories of fellow Warriors, so I thought I'd come read your story, too. I'm glad you posted one. How did you get such great pictures?? At the course we were at, spectators couldn't even get to where most of the obstacles were. Do you plan to do it again next year? I can see how it would be romantic for you. It was definitely a good experience for DH and me to do it together!
    2027 days ago
  • TASHA0429
    Way to go!!! Congrats on finishing with mud and all!
    2073 days ago
    You are my hero!! I hope to do a Warrior Dash next summer. I hope to be fit enough by that point to take part. It looks like you had a blast!


    2076 days ago
    SO doing one of these with my husband ~ Soon as I find one local!!
    2095 days ago
    You made this look like so much fuN!!! I would dread the wall with the rope the most too! KUDOS for getting over on your first try!!:)
    2096 days ago
    AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!! I am hoping to do one in November here in TX it sounds like such a blast!!!!!!!

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    2096 days ago
    What an awesome race!! My husband stayed with me the whole time, too. I don't think I would ever want to do it alone! Here in PA we had a lot of different obstacles. The cargo net was probably my favorite and the Great Warrior Wall was definitely the hardest, but I conquered it!! I just couldn't let go on the dead man's drop, so my husband grabbed my waist and lifted me down. What a guy! Your pictures are awesome!! Can't wait til mine get posted!
    2097 days ago
    that actually looks kinda like fun!! What great pictures too. I'm so happy for you and your sweetie! I would consider it romantic too - that whole support each other thing and going through something challenging together - oh, yeah!!
    2097 days ago
    SO VERY AWESOME! My beast did the WD this weekend and he had so much fun! I'll never be brave enough to do it WITH him - but cheering him on was a BLAST!

    You looked great out there!

    2098 days ago
    Girl you are Fierce! I don't know that I would have had the nerve to do all of that. You amaze me!
    2098 days ago
    Awesome! It looks like so much fun - I am definitely going to see what I can find :)

    2098 days ago
    LOVE your blog! Thank you for sharing how it works. It looks like an amazing experience! Congrats on being a WARRIOR!
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    2098 days ago
    What an awesome day, and I totally get the romantic part-- both you and Greg have acheived so much together, going through something like this only showcases the strength that each of you have individually and together.

    Thank you for sharing this in such a detailed fashion-- it really gave a clear picture on the amount of physical work you have to do to complete something like this.

    PS: I LOVE the fact that you are wearing a kitten shirt on the Warrior Dash.... KITTEN WARRIOR! Awesome!
    2098 days ago
    You did it! Was it as bad as you thought? This year was my second and I even was nervous at the starting line and I knew that to expect. I hope you had fun doing it and you should be proud for finishing!
    2098 days ago
    You did it! Your rock!! Looks like a total blast was had by all!
    2101 days ago
    That's absolutely awesome!! What an achievement! emoticon emoticon
    2101 days ago
    WOW, you are a rock star doing all that!!!!!!
    2101 days ago
    I'm doing something similiar to this race next May, called the Spartan Race. Great Pics, gives me an idea of what I'm up against
    2101 days ago
    That is so freakin are not obese - you look hot in that pic and it shows.
    Good for your Thunder Cat.

    She-Ra Princess of Power say's you totally ROCK!!!! emoticon
    2101 days ago
    You guys are so awesome!!! Every time I read about another warrior dash - well, another spark friend's warrior dash experience - it makes me really, REALLY want to do it. I worry about my bad ankles though, especially with something like a dead drop. Enough about me though... that's totally badd@ass and I'm so proud of you! You totally rocked it and should bask in the glory! (and it sounds like you have a fabulous relationship as well emoticon emoticon )
    2101 days ago
    SO AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!
    2101 days ago
    Way to go! You sound so happy,I'm so happy for you! glad you jumped over fire! emoticon
    Thanks for the blog and the great pictures!
    2101 days ago
    Heck yeah we did it! It is really hard to describe the feeling of conquering this with you, but it really showed me that we can do anything together. I think CONSIDERING an event like this when we first met would have brought nothing but a chuckle and a sandwich, but this time, after going this far together on this journey, we killed it. Doing things like this make the thought of facing a lifetime of challenges with you, together, side by side the most exciting prospect I have ever had. I love you sweety!!

    P.S. You are a WARRIOR!!!
    2101 days ago
    YOU GO! emoticon

    I wanna play, too! (Except, like you, I'd be skipping the big climb-y wall thing!)

    I totally get, too, how doing this crazy thing together would be romantic and sweet, a real team effort! Great pics, too.

    YOU JUMPED OVER FIRE! emoticon
    2101 days ago
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