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Foam Fest 2014 – Race report with pictures.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

I was really worried about this race. As most of you know I really hurt my ankle on Monday. Nothing overly serious but it’s had a great purple hue and was swollen Tuesday and Wednesday. I have not been running, taking long walks or much of anything all week to rest it.

My anxiety got the better of me and I woke hubby at 4:30 this am saying we had to get up and get ready. I wasn’t certain if my ankle would hold but I wasn’t missing Foam Fest. This is now the second time I have done this particular race and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I love this race. Ok, back to the report.

So we were up at 4:30, out the door by 5, had a quick breakfast and on the road by 6. All this for a 9 am start! Lucky they don’t really care about start times because we had made it to the venue by 7:15. I ended up running the 8:10 wave.

The course here is always tough. It is held at an ATV park – so lots of hills, ravines, water, etc. Add the 16 other obstacles they add – you get the idea. But the run is all about having fun, only the 8 am wave is “competitive” ie timed. Otherwise, it is all about having fun. That is exactly what I wanted/needed.

There was one point that was really great. We were entering the lake of mud, about a 15-20 foot long, 1-2 feet of water over about another 2 feet of MUD! I was in up to my butt in mud at one point. Not an easy obstacle to cross. I was fighting my way through, when I saw a young girl (14ish). She was “not small” and having the most difficult time. She looked ready to cry.

I got on one side of her, and another woman (my age) got on the other. We started cheering her on as we all slopped through the mud. By the time we got to the other end we were laughing and hanging on each other. There was no way she could step out (I could barely climb out) but two young guys saw what was going on and they had come back to help her out of the mud. She was beaming with pride when I left her. It was really great. Not all that long ago that would have been ME had I had the guts to even try something like Foam Fest! That girl had GUTS, she just need to be reminded of it.

Hubby did get pictures of me on one of the wall obstacles (no one will ever see the one coming over the top - EVER):

By the finish, I couldn't move in the shirt so I ditched it. I don't know WHY I'm sharing this but this picture is for you, my spark buddies. May I present 150 lbs of Kitty:

I ended up finishing in 54 minutes. Not bad at all for being as out of shape as I am. I’m pretty proud.

I’m really tired and sore. I’ve got icy/hot on my foot and hip. I never got a good rhythm due to my foot. It really messed with my bad hip and knees. That’s ok. I’ll be fine tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PUPPYWHISPERS 6/10/2014 8:18AM

    This blog just made me smile. You are incredible, Kitty! And why wouldn't you share that picture--you look great! I must admit that I want to see the picture of you coming over the wall, now that you've said no one will ever see it. The curiousity is getting the best of me...


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JUMPINJULIE 6/9/2014 9:52PM

    Your awesome. I'm so proud of you.

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JUSTME29 6/9/2014 1:11PM

    That's Awesome! I'm glad you had so much fun and I hope your ankle isn't making you pay now.

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RIDMYCOCOON 6/9/2014 11:52AM

    You are my hero Kitty!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REEDWEEB 6/9/2014 10:07AM

    emoticon Way to go Kitty!!! You inspire me!

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CASEYSAUER 6/9/2014 7:43AM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the report! I felt like I was there.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/8/2014 8:56PM

    Your bra and pants match. Ferocious kitty is also fashionable!

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MIDNIGHTER1 6/8/2014 7:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Kitty. You are a fierce warrior. I love your spirit and drive. I am so proud of your accomplishments.

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KALEWINE 6/8/2014 6:41PM

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You are an inspiration!

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    You're amazing, Kitty. :) Thanks for sharing all this!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/8/2014 5:06PM

    emoticon You go girl! You look bee-yoo-tee-ful!! emoticon Glad your ankle held up for your favorite race!!

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MAW_OH 6/8/2014 1:44PM

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/8/2014 1:40PM

    You are a rock star, gorgeous!

May we all miraculously be so blessed as to have the support and encouragement of someone like you in those moments when we feel completely stuck and certain that we cannot go on.

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TWEETYKC00 6/8/2014 12:36PM

    You Rock! Now take care of that ankle.

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GARDENCHRIS 6/8/2014 12:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for you! emoticon

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OHANAMAMA 6/8/2014 11:44AM

    Wow, you rock, girlfriend! I'm so proud of you. I can see why you wouldn't want to miss this run, it looks like so much fun! And I'm so glad your ankle issues were manageable so you didn't have to miss it. Also, getting to help that young lady through butt-deep mud was just awesome. Now take care of that ankle since it did you well yesterday. :)
I love your pics!!!
You are one rockin' hot mama, Kitty!!! never doubt it!
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VICKI-B-N-FLA 6/8/2014 10:17AM

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LOSER05 6/8/2014 8:20AM

    Fantastic!! and Congratulations, you looked great on that wall emoticon Love your background.

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KELLIEBEAN 6/8/2014 7:47AM

    LOVE THIS! I love that you helped that girl get through her struggle and that you ditched your shirt AND SHARED A PICTURE OF IT!! you never cease to inspire me. I'm sitting here in a benedryl fog, my coffee and a box of kleenex and I wanted to jump up and cheer!

I hope you ankle is ok! Enjoy of day of rest and recuperation!


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CIPHER1971 6/8/2014 7:20AM

    Awesome emoticon and very inspiring.


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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/8/2014 5:47AM

    you not only are awesome but you look it as well.proud of you kitty love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/8/2014 1:36AM

    You are awesome!! You look like you had tons of fun. You are definitely committed. Glad your ankle held out. Hope you will not be in too much pain tomorrow. Glad you are resting your ankle and hip. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think it's so cool that you and another older woman cheered on that 14ish girl!

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DOGLADY13 6/8/2014 12:46AM

    If I were to caption that picture it would be "I am Kitty, hear me roar!"

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WARRIORGIRL121 6/7/2014 10:22PM

    I'm so proud of you Kitty! You're amazing! Loved the pictures! You look fantastic! Now, just praying for your hip and ankle to heal up quickly! Love you! emoticon

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DARLENEK04 6/7/2014 9:33PM

    Kitty, can't tell you how proud of you we are....I think it shows what a wonderful
person you are, to stop and help the girl and end up helping her have a much better
time. Sometimes a little encouragement goes a long way.

Sorry your ankle is still bothering you though, hope you get better soon.


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MAVERICKDR 6/7/2014 9:10PM

    I am very, very proud of you. You were very motivated and worked though any and all excuses not to do it. It's the journey and not the destination. Congratulations, Kitty. U done good.

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LESLIELENORE 6/7/2014 9:04PM

    Awesome report! And can I just say you are a smokin' 150 pounds of Kitty! emoticon

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MICHELLE_391 6/7/2014 8:48PM

    That sounds like such a good time! Amazing the fun you can have when you take care of your body, get it into shape and USE it as it was intended.

I hope you remembered to stretch that body out and I'm glad you are taking care of that ankle. You need it!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2014 8:34PM

    Oh . . . my . . . gosh! You did an awesome job. I LOVE that you and the other runner helped that young lady thru the mud. OMG! DEEP MUD. Now that would be a true mud bath, eh!

Hope the ankle and hip feel good tomorrow.


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HOLLYM48 6/7/2014 8:30PM

    You look great! Way to go! What a great thing to stop and help that young girl get through the tough course! That is just beyond awesome. You are a rockstar!!!!!

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FITWITHIN 6/7/2014 8:00PM

    Omg! You look like it was so much fun. That was great that you help that person along the way on the course. I'm sure she greatly appreciate it. Love the pictures and the medal. I'm glad that your ankle held up for the challenge. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 6/7/2014 7:59PM

    Wow!!! this looked intense in a fun way! .......... Now to rest the ankle? ....... (That's the nurse in me speaking, you realize ............. emoticon ........ emoticon .......... take care my friend!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/7/2014 7:57PM

    You did really great since you did the race and finished it even though you were in pain, and had so much fun!

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    So proud of you for going through with this and so delighted to see the pictures you shared!

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