So a former fellow Sparker turned me on to Mud Runs. He had posted pictures of his mud run and it made me want to do one so badly. Lo and behold, a month or so later I got a Groupon certificate, half off the Survivor Mud Run. And it was less than 2 hours away! I scooped it up real quick. I was planning to train hard for it but stress waylaid my plans. Yes, I know, exercise is supposed to help stress but that combined with little sleep makes for a tired girl with little to no motivation.
But I vowed to do this mud run, no matter what. That's almost how it turned out too. My training has been less than 100%. I have done some strength training but very little running. My husband was supposed to join me, but due to last minute issues, couldn't go.
My oldest daughter (19-years-old) ended up going with me, but I had to promise to not leave her behind. We had an absolute blast.
We had stopped at WalMart before the run because my daughter is not an avid runner...so she needed supplies. Not to mention I couldn't get to my old shoes that I had planned to run in. So we both needed cheap shoes, and she needed a shirt and shorts.
We still ended up arriving well over an hour before our start time so we had plenty of time to check the area out, and my nerves to build. By the time our start came, I had huge butterflies in my stomach and was a bundle of nerves. They both subsided very quickly after we took off.
She lost her shoes very early on. We had already run through water, and mud, and our shoes were saturated. She bought some too-small socks before the race and her shoes quickly ate them. When she tried to get into her shoe to pull her sock up, her shoe slipped off. We both knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get it back on so she said to just ditch them. I carried them for a little while and she insisted she was fine so I hung them from a spike in the ground. It was funny when a runner from a following wave asked if those were her shoes.
So, needless to say, her being shoeless, and not an avid runner, slowed us way down. But we laughed so hard and had so much fun. Especially when we got to a very slippery area and she just couldn’t seem to stay on her feet. We both nearly peed from laughter.
Luckily she did not injure her feet at all. Her tailbone, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Several of the mud slides had large bumps in them and she landed pretty hard on one since she didn’t have a lot of traction. But she managed to finish without any further issues.
Our final time? One hour and 45 minutes (found out 10/15/12 that the official time was 1 hour, 35 minutes). But it was worth every minute. She’s a tough little trooper and I’m so proud of her.