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Sunday, September 15, 2013

On September 7, my BFF Melissa, 2 of my most FAVORITE Sparklies and I, did a Dirty Girl mud run. It's a 3 mile mud run with 12 obstacles along the way. We had to crawl through muddy tunnels, jump into a water and mud filled pool, climb up cargo nets, scale an 8 foot wall, climb over "bouncy house" pyramids, and many more! BEST TIME EVER!!! I've been wanting to do an obstacle race like this for more that a year, and I finally found some suckers, I mean friends, who were willing to do it with me *love you guys* ; )

I could go on and on about how awesome this race was, how much fun I had and all of the emotions that came with it. Instead, I'm just going to post the pictures, because that's all anyone ones to see anyhow, right? ENJOY!!!

My BFF of nearly 20 years, Melissa (MADTHENURSE)

All of us before the race (MADTHENURSE, ENDERLI, NAYKNITS) My oldest friend Lisa came along to take all of these great pics for us!

Right as we were lining up for our heat, the last 3 years flashed before my eyes. I was completely overwhelmed with emotions. THIS is what I've been waiting for, to do things I never thought would ever be possible.

The 10 second countdown! Think we're a little excited!

This was halfway through the race. The first 6-8 obstacles were located too far way for Lisa to even see, let alone take pictures.

the 8 foot wall

top of the cargo net

one of the multiple mud pits we got to crawl though

we climbed up one side of the bouncy house, and slide down into the mud pit

Yep, we lost the tutu's on that slide, so sad...

this was the final obstacle, and we found out later, we were supposed to "swim" through that. Umm, no thanks!

We were able to donate our race shoes to the Dirty Girl, who will clean, sanitize and then ship them to developing countries.

After the race, we all went out to lunch to celebrate! We clean up pretty well, huh?!?

When I got home, I found these waiting for me from my always supportive family!

I can't tell you how awesome that day was! Physically and emotionally, it was THE best day I've had since being on this journey. I had even more fun doing the race with my Sparkgirls! I love you guys and I can't wait until 2014!!!

This is the site for the race! Check it out, find a race, and GET DIRTY!!! WOOHOO!!!

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PINKBUNNY61 10/8/2013 8:41AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. It looks like fun. Hope I can do this someday.

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BMCKEOW1 10/7/2013 1:53PM

    Oh my gosh I love this. Your pictures are great and it looks like you ladies are having the time of your life. I've got to find some friends to do this with me. I've done one mud run, the Devil Dash, and I think your race looks much more fun. Way to go and you should be so proud of yourself.

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READY4CHANGE81 10/5/2013 12:39PM

    I know I am a little late to catch up with you...

However, I wanted to say AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seeing that feeling of emotion right before the race brought tears to my eyes as well. Sometimes we (well, I do) forget how far we've truly come and we aren't the same person we once were. That we have the power to be/do anything we want!

I loved the pictures you shared and sorry you lost your tutu! They were so cute!

Thanks for once again another inspiring blog!

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SHERRYLHBB 10/3/2013 7:23AM

    Fantastic, uplifting blog post!! I got seriously choked up. I'm so happy for you that you are living life doing the things you dreamed of doing. You are an inspiration!

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KONRAD695 10/3/2013 12:19AM

    Pure joy and happiness. I am so glad for you right now. emoticon emoticon

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KLMEIRING 10/2/2013 10:50AM

    Okay, I did pretty well at viewing your pictures and reading your story until I got to the bouquet of flowers that was waiting for you when you returned home. At that point tears of joy were welling up in my eyes as well. I am so happy for you! I hope to be able to have an experience like this to share in my future! Thanks for the inspiration!


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LUCKYPRESENCE 10/1/2013 7:38PM

    That looks like a blast! How wonderful you have such good friends to share it with.

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WIGIME 10/1/2013 8:56AM


I am seeing this a little late, but I am proud of you girlie! You had fun and marked something off your "I've always wanted to do this" list. That's gotta be a GREAT feeling!


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HOLLYM48 9/29/2013 6:05PM

    congrats. So happy to see such an awesome goal realized for you all!

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FLAGLINDA 9/28/2013 3:48PM

    AAWWW this brought tears to my eyes! How wonderful to be able to do that! It looks like you guys had so much fun. My daughter did a similar run with her co workers and they had a blast. I love your pictures before all nice and clean!! emoticon Then during the run and then afterwards! Im so proud of you! emoticon

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STAY39 9/24/2013 4:43PM

    So awesome!! This is so great and so inspiring as always! I love all these pictures. I am so proud and happy for you! This looks so fun- I definitely want to do it too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEBEANZ 9/21/2013 7:03PM

    Oh Holly, I long for that day that I can do that! I'm so proud, happy, excited and plan ol' thrilled for you!

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VALYNN26 9/21/2013 8:11AM

    That looks like SOOOO much fun!! Glad you had a good a great time!! emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 9/20/2013 11:51AM

This was SO WONDERFUL !!!!

I am so pleased for you. All of that hard work has paid off in spades!

Love, Ginger

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MOONBIRD 9/18/2013 12:11PM

    You are so AWESOME! I can tell how happy you are by your pictures. I'm glad you got to do this race, and it's awesome you have so many great friends who'll do it with you.

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MYRTROSE 9/16/2013 11:10PM

    That is absolutely amazing!

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CLPURNELL 9/16/2013 9:43PM

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Sooooo Happy for you Holly!!!! That is an AWESOME achievement!!! I llove mud runs they give such a feeling of accomplishment!!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 9/16/2013 6:06PM

    Wow, looks like fun!

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FUNGIRL81005 9/16/2013 5:44PM

    I love Dirty races!!! Good Good for YOU!!! emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 9/16/2013 12:06PM

    Awesome!!! I'm so proud of you!! Glad you had a great time!


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LADYBUG4869 9/16/2013 10:32AM

    Wow!! This makes me want to do a crazy obstacle race!! emoticon

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DEIDRESH 9/16/2013 10:08AM

    way to go!!!! I participated in a mud run last year and LOVED it. Its really fun!

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    So very proud of dirty girl!


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BONOLICIOUS2 9/16/2013 8:54AM

    Oh my gosh, tinkerbell run through the mud hahaha. Looks like fun - AND YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!

You're glowing with accomplishment, you rock!!!

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KIM-CAN-DO-IT 9/16/2013 7:37AM

    My daughter ran this earlier this year and it looked like so much fun! I have a goal to run this with her next year. Congrats on taking on the challenge and the mud! Looks like you all had as much fun as my daughter did.

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MADTHENURSE 9/16/2013 6:23AM

    It really was an awesome day - dirt, mud and all. Couldn't and wouldn't have done it without YOU!!! Super awesome to meet sparkfriends in person (love you gals, too!), plan for future get togethers and to share with you this landmark in how far you've come. Love you!

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BEANIES_MOM 9/16/2013 4:27AM

    You ladies look GREAT!!!! It looks like so much fun to do maybe I can talk my sister into it lol emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 9/16/2013 3:58AM

    The pictures are awesome! You ladies are awesome! Congrats on being Dirty Girls! :) You guys look great and it looks like you all had so much fun! And you already know that I am sooo proud of you Holly for everything you have done! You are a true inspiration, a true friend, and now a true Dirty Girl! AMAZING! SUPAHHHHHH STAHHHHH!!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!


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WORLDSERIES11 9/16/2013 1:42AM

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/15/2013 11:15PM

    Great job!!!!!

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SARAL72 9/15/2013 10:29PM

    Those photos are amazing and will make wonderful memories!
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ENDERLI 9/15/2013 9:37PM

    Oh I had such a blast!! I'm so glad we all did it together!
We make a great little team & I'm so stoked for next year!!
Love you guys!
Ps. I look so stupid with my goggles... Next years I'm just wearing glasses!

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SUGAR0814 9/15/2013 8:55PM

    Great pictures! You ROCK! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 9/15/2013 8:41PM

    I love you holly. I'm so proud of you!!!

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NAYKNITS 9/15/2013 6:43PM

    I had such a blast- cesspool & all! LOL! Love that Enderli photobombed that 1st pic too!! I am still thinking "holy crap! We did ALL of it!" So proud of all we accomplished and am looking forward to next year. Thanks for suckering, i mean asking me to join you guys emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 9/15/2013 6:18PM

    Amazing! That pic of you before the race brought tears to my eyes. So cool and inspiring! Glad you had such a good time with your girlfriends. Races are the best!

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GABY1948 9/15/2013 3:46PM

    HOW cool! Thanks for sharing! And you look amazing!

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SAASHA17 9/15/2013 3:39PM

    awesome!! that must have been a great feeling to finish this!! woohoo..proud of u sparkie!!!


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SPEEDY143 9/15/2013 2:20PM

    emoticon mud becomes you emoticon emoticon on reaching your mud run emoticon you DIRTY GIRL!!!!!

Love the fact that your shoes are being donated... that's just totally emoticon Just like YOU emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/15/2013 2:17PM

    You are awesome, Holly! You look like you had great fun.

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RECREATING_ME 9/15/2013 11:44AM

    I love the pictures and your description of the experience, Holly! Your smiles before, during, and after speak volumes.

When you compare the Dirty Girl pics with the before images that were in your last blog post, it makes it so clear what this journey means - it's not just about being smaller, but about being able to fully participate in life.

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 9/15/2013 11:40AM

    What an amazing experience for you! And the icing on the cake was being able to share the experience with close friends with common goals. Congratulations on completing your FIRST obstacle course race!

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JACKIE542 9/15/2013 11:37AM

    What an exciting day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMCGRUN 9/15/2013 11:35AM


My sister ran that last year (she is on the west coast, I on the east) and she said it was a blast!! It looks like it certainly is!

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DAMEGRIS 9/15/2013 11:29AM

    this is so awesome! I really want to do this again, but I need to find friends to do it with, and so far everyone I've asked is either not interested, or can't afford it, or will be out of town (ours in in December). You look like you had a blast Holly!

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