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!