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Monday, October 08, 2012

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Heyyy!!! I want to say thank you to everyone who has left supportive comments, messages, and goodies for me about the Dirty Girl Mud Run 5k and Obstacle Course. I want to personally thank everyone as soon as possible :)

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Some of you have asked for me to share my race experience and some pictures with you... well here it is!!!

A few days ago I posted a blog showing what I decided to wear to the race. When my sister saw my outfit she liked it so much she decided for her and her daughter to dress with batman stuff.. then she invited her friend and she wore batman stuff, too. It turned out really cute :)

The night before the race my sister wanted us to get together and take some pictures before we were all covered in mud. I had a hard time choosing pictures for this blog because my other niece took TONS AND TONS of pictures lol. It was so sweet of her :)

Here are some pictures of us acting silly the night before the race:

My niece, my sister, me...


I told my niece to "plank" on us.. lol


just more goofiness...


I went to sleep... well i tried to go to sleep. I was so excited and nervous that I was only able to get 3.5 hrs of sleep in. I woke up at 4 AM to get up and get ready for the race.

Here I am SUPER sleepy on the way to the race over 2 hours away.


My sister and I were both TOMming so we weren't feeling good... but we weren't goin to let that stop us!!!

We arrive at the race!



We had to walk 3/4 of a mile from the car to the race .. at least it helped us warm up a lil bit :) Racers are to arrive at the race at least 90 minutes before your race wave is set to leave the finish line. There were a total of 24 race waves. A new set of runners left the start line every 15 minutes. We were in the 10:45 am race wave.

IT IS COOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDD! BRRrrrrrrrr
Around 48 degrees F. We are about to get all wet and muddy!

I just received my race number and pinned it on my shirt!! It's almost time :)


When we checked in we received a Dirty Girl Mud Run T-shirt and charm.. YAY!

After checking in we went to turn in our gym bags with towels, clean clothes, clean shoes, etc...

HERE IS THE DREADED BACK VIEW PICTURE-- I can't wait until my back doesn't look like that anymore!


Now we watch a few race waves take off from the start line, walk around a bit, and look for cute costumes. We try our best to stay warm.. but we still freeze while waiting..lol.

Here is a group that had big fake booties... SO HILARIOUS!!! They were in our wave so when we could watch them when they went over obstacles with their big fake booties and it was so fun to see!


Here was a cute group called BOO-BEEZ :)


Here is a guy who ran dressed up as a girl... I didn't think they allowed boys but here's one! He was with group of girls all dressed the way he is dressed. We asked if he was really running the race and he said, "yes."



AGGHHHHH... It is almost time for the race to start!!!!!


We head to the start line where a man stands up on a podium and tries to get us pumped for our race! The music comes on... the song is, "I'm sexy and I know it." We are all dancing and jumping up and down for several minutes before our countdown begins. I am with my little group in the middle of our wave. We begin to countdown.. then WE'RE OFF!!!!

Here I am at about a 1/4 of a mile in... STILL JOGGING .. I haven't stopped to walk yet.. and I am STILL SMILING!!! I have had people pass me.. but I have also passed some other people!! Many people are already walking and I am still jogging.. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! AND SMILING.. YAY!!!!!!



After that point my niece who was running after us trying to get pictures couldn't continue on the rest of the course.. she would meet back up with us at the finish line :)

The course had 11 obstacles total. We crawled through mud. We climbed up hills. I couldn't do the tall vertical wall climb.. I had to go over the little bitty one.. but that is ok.. I will get it next time! I did try though. I jogged often through the race.. sometimes even passing my sister, niece, and her friend!

The obstacle that I wanted so badly to defeat-- I DID IT!!! I don't have picture of me doing it... but here is what it looks like.

When I came down the net climb I noticed that people who had already completed the obstacle were waiting at the bottom watching me... seeing if I could do it.. when I got to the bottom many people clapped for me.. I almost started bawling crying. Great.. now I am crying thinking about it..oh well :) My sister was down there waiting for me too and she was so proud of me. It meant so much to me because she was so mean to me growing up ...teasing me for being fat. We didn't have a relationship until I was in my 20's.. and for years she has apologized to me for the way she used to treat me. Seeing how proud of me she was.... really really made my heart soar.

After the net climb we had to crawl through the lake and mud under ropes.. we were getting close to the finish! Surprisingly because we were so cold.. the water didn't even feel that cold.

Just typing this blog up is making me want to cry with tears of joy...

running to the finish.......more muddy water... gotta get to that finish!!!!


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super excited!!!!!



GOING THROUGH THE FINISH LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! I DID IT :) I was the biggest person that I saw racing from 9 AM until 1 PM.... I don't know if there were any racers bigger than I was. I know I was the largest person in my wave. I know it wasn't a competition.. but it was a competition with myself. I did not finish last and I was able to keep up with my sister, niece, and her friend.. and sometimes I even passed them. I can not wait to see what I can do in the future. I pushed myself.. and I even surprised myself. I faced my fears of social anxiety.. I faced my fears of being on display... I can not believe how many fears I faced that day.

For once I did not care if people were looking at me.. I didn't care if some of them were judging me.. I didn't care if other racers had a problem with me.. I didn't care if all of the people on the sidelines were staring at me.. I didn't care if my fat was bouncing all over the place.. . I DIDN'T CARE.... this was my moment and I was IN THE MOMENT! No one was going to steal that from me!



I FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! WOOHOO :)




After the race it took about an hour to get our bags.. get some of the mud off and change clothes.. and then start heading back to the car. We were exhausted and frozen.. it took us a LONNNNGGG time to walk that 3/4 mile back to the car.. but we did it with smiles on our faces :)
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I thought of my spark friends.. I thought of my Lemon girls... I took you all through that course with me :) Thanks so much -- to all of you who support me and believe in me.

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GINNYGIRL1982 9/26/2013 8:18PM

    You did awesome! What a great feeling you must have! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEPHLOKI 6/22/2013 2:13PM

    Thansk for sharing! Can't wait for you to post the pictures of this years run!

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WOLFKITTY 2/5/2013 10:32PM

    Yay!!!!! :)

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SASSYDREAMER 11/12/2012 10:36AM

    This is freaking fracking AWESOME!

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MELTINGMIMI 11/12/2012 9:52AM

    U R ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!! LOVE THE PICS!!! BE PROUD GIRL!!!! emoticon

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LUVKARLA 11/5/2012 3:47AM

    That looks like tons of fun!!! You are a rock star!

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NSMANN 10/31/2012 3:34PM

    That looks like so much fun, I want to do a mud run now too!! I wonder if they have one in my area? Where are you from? Congrats on your achievement!! I will be coming back here to check this blog more and I hope we can be sparkfriends!

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ANDREAG89 10/28/2012 11:59PM

    I'm crying from joy when reading this - I'm so happy for you. Your excitement and pride comes through. I've no doubt you will reach all your goals. You have SUCH a great smile, even when covered with mud!
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I looked up the mud run and will enter one next year when it's warm. I look forward to it. Thanks for sharing!

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LINDSEYKRISTEN 10/27/2012 10:24PM

    So awesome!!! those races look like so much fun - I'm just working on getting the courage to actually do one. :)

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GREGNY 10/27/2012 10:22PM

    Ohhh "Miss 5302" is looking kinda-cute with her outfit!!! Ohh hell nooo emoticon emoticon

Anyways, with that out the way, You goo girl!! They way you explained it, the walk to the car sounded like the difficult part. Congrats and I'm proud of you.


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ON2VICTORY 10/23/2012 4:49PM

    I seriously am so proud of you Hun, you RAWKed that race.. A run like that has been on my radar for a long time. I think you did fantastic and you look so happy.

Way to BRING IT!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 10/23/2012 10:08AM

    Looked like so much fun! Congrats!

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WILLDOITFORME1 10/21/2012 12:29PM

    Oh! I am so in awe! Congrats for you :) emoticon emoticon

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ELLENOR9 10/18/2012 10:57PM

    You go dirty girl! Your blog actually has me rethinking this no running policy of mine emoticon

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LEFTHANDLUKE 10/17/2012 11:31PM

    you are a busy sparker,with a zillion-kabillion friends....you guys have fun always,i can tell...glad you enjoyed yourself,love the outfits too...your friend john emoticon

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KJSIZZLE1 10/16/2012 2:01PM

    Awesome achievement! Good for you!

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SHOES17 10/16/2012 12:27AM

    emoticon Came to get some inspiration. If you ever think about turning back, we will come here together! You call me a machine, yet you can run circles around me! I am so impressed with your efforts, and your confidence! NEVER ever give up! You have climbed the first mountain...LOOK at the view! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I see a garden! It is going to be work and there are going to be hard times, but it will be worth while. emoticon

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BYRNZYSPOSSY 10/15/2012 2:24PM

    i cant wait to do a mud run!! congrats!

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DMUERHOFF 10/15/2012 11:30AM

    That's awesome! It's great you are doing stuff like this before you are at your goal. I'm trying very hard to live life now not just when I lose the weight

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SUZRAI 10/15/2012 8:08AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun and great exercise!

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KHLJML 10/14/2012 6:29PM

    AWESOME!!!! I loved the way your wrote your blog, I could totally imagine watching you in that race! You earned every right to be SUPER proud and I'm proud of you too!!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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-SPENCER- 10/14/2012 5:56PM

    Wow! You go girl! As many others have already said, you truly are an inspiration! Thank you for letting us into your world. You're doing amazing things! I'm so motivated and borderline jealous, lol. Keep up the good work!

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MOLO14 10/14/2012 5:17AM

    What an amazing inspiration you are!! Way to go!
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DEBK0923 10/13/2012 7:12PM

    great blog and very fun pictures

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DANLENO1949 10/13/2012 6:24PM

    That looked so much fun emoticon

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CELAMANTIA 10/13/2012 4:51PM

    You are such an inspiration! emoticon

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DRCLANKY 10/13/2012 3:10PM

    Looks like you had a blast!!!

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MISHKALA 10/13/2012 9:01AM

    You are an amazing, wonderful inspiration for us all!! I can relate to every internal thought, conflict, battle and challenge that goes through your mind - and I am so thrilled you were able to finish with such a glorious victory! You brought tears to my eyes!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your blog was awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST-DUCKY 10/13/2012 8:36AM

    Awww, this made me cry! I am so stinkin' proud of you! You go girl!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/13/2012 12:07AM

  ya know, you are blowing up the thought, that exercise is boring , awful, and no fun.

Your having too much fun, it guess it's ok to slip, as long as ya don't seriously get injured. But I doubt it... emoticon

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ALIHIKES 10/12/2012 10:45PM

    Woo Hoo! What a fun blog, I LOVED your photos! emoticon

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CATHWREN 10/12/2012 6:46PM

    What an inspiration! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 10/12/2012 6:26PM

    Bravo!

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MBGUYER 10/12/2012 5:33PM

  Congratulations! Looks like a lot of fun! Keep up the good work toward your healthy life!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/12/2012 5:23PM

    What an inspiration! Love all the great comeraderie and pictures! So much fun!

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DLC2002 10/12/2012 3:09PM

    That looked like soooo much fun. I want to do that some day. You have really inspired me. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/12/2012 2:27PM

    That's AWESOME, congratulations!

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FIFTYFOUR2 10/12/2012 2:27PM

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!

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NKOUAMI26 10/12/2012 2:03PM

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GODDREAMDIVA1 10/12/2012 1:40PM

    Good...very good...LOL!

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ARIABOO10 10/12/2012 1:38PM

    emoticon emoticon I teared up at the part where others were waiting and started clapping as you finished the rope wall. Amazing job and inspirational! I have always wanted to compete in a Dirty Girl Race.. I will add that to what I am training for.

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FIRECOM 10/12/2012 1:15PM

    INSPIRING. Good on you!!!

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CINDYBEL 10/12/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon Dirty can be lots of fun. Keep at it.

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TUBLADY 10/12/2012 11:16AM

    You are amazing. I have never felt so much pride in reading about another Spark members achievement. You ROCK!!!.
It's one thing to get out and run a clean 5K , but you did an obstacle course run and in the mud. WOW!!
You and your team looked so cute , Some of those other teams did too, , like fake booties , where did they get those?? What a laugh.
Keep up that fantastic attitude you will go far.
Be strong, stay positive.
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JUSTJAB213 10/12/2012 11:12AM

    Congratulations!! That looks like so much fun! emoticon

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COURAGETOMOVE 10/12/2012 10:36AM

    Congrats! I know completing this took a lot of courage but I can tell from your smile that it was worth every minute.

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