My alarm went off at 3:56am this morning. That was after falling asleep after 12:00am. Not a very good combo. Got up, brushed my teeth, dressed and went into the kitchen. My son was up already, so didn't have to wake him. Emptied out the dishwasher and got my bag already. We were going to Camp Pendleton to do the Mud Run! Pagona got to my house around 4:45 and off we went. We picked up another couple in L.A. and then, off to San Diego. We made really good time (only pulled over once for a pit stop!). Thank goodness Seth bought a VIP parking pass. We got to bypass the buses and park right near the entrance. We got our t-shirts and took some pictures:
The four of us in front of the signs. Pagona had to wait for her team mates
Me and my 16 year old son. Check out who's on their tip toes
Got into the main entrance and bought some souveniors. Had to get my mud run shirt. Then, we checked in our bags. Once we give them in, that's it. No getting them back until after the race. Off to the porta potties again!! By then, it was time to start lining up. Lots of talking to make the time go by. We started moving toward the starting line and more talking. When there was 15 mins. left, we started going. Huh? That doesn't make any sense. But, here we are, running. But oh wait, there's the starting line. More waiting. And those men! They were off running to the bushes. Really guys?? Then, it really was time. I told my son to just go and I'll meet at the finishing line. Seth, Ges (they're married) and I stayed together the whole time. Seth didn't want to leave his wife (she was a newbie) and I told Ges that I was doing this with her, so, I wasn't leaving her. We're off and bam, the water hoses. It did feel refreshing though. We were doing good. We kept with Ges's pace. If she wanted to walk, we walked. If she wanted to run, we ran. Then, the sand, the crossing of the waters. Ugh, the shoes! But, we kept on going.
Hills!!!! Yup, about 3 miles of hills. We ran, we walked, we ran some more. Thank goodness for those Marine's with the water. After the hills were over, the fun began. "Just jump in. The mud is shallow!" yells the Marine. Shallow for who?? Up and over the wall! Thanks Seth for the boosts. Around the corner and there it was, the LAKE! Thank goodness this year it was up to my shoulders (not my neck) and my feet stayed on the bottom. Slippery, but on the bottom. Another mud pit and another boost from Seth. Then, the slippery hill. Not bad at all. Hardly any mud (last year, CRAZY MUDDY). After that, we just ran to the end. Ok, the end was the mud pit: under the "barb wire" crawling in mud. For some reason, that is my favorite part. Got out and the 3 of us sprinted to the finish line together. We crossed it at 1:34:18. Next year, Ges and I are going to beat that time!!
Crossed that finish line and went looking for my boy. Finally found him. He finished it in 1:03:00. Not too bad. Next year, he plans on doing it under an hour. You go Isaac! So proud of my boy.
Nice and dirty!
Me and my boy, Isaac
We got our bags, headed to the showers and waited in line. Finally, cleaned up and we were ready to chow down. Found Pagona, got back to the car. But first, Seth and Isaac had to have a pull up contest:
Here's Seth. Where's Isaac?
Got in the car and off to eat brunch. Yummy!! I ate very healthy: egg whites with mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach. I had 4 of Isaac's nachos and that was it. Back into the car and off to L.A. Got home, showered, ate and threw our wash in. Now, it's time for a snack and relaxation.
This time around, I can honestly say that I will do the Mud Run again next time. Trying to convince the rest of my family to join us. Isaac and I will be doing our job.
Until next time-