My daughter made me do it.
I didn't think I could.
I was scared but I dove I'm anyways.
It was AWESOME!!
Okay, I have been "Sparking" since December 27 and I have lost 38 pounds! (4 this week thanks to the new FITBIT). My daughter talked me into doing this Macon (Georgia) Mud Run 5K! and I actually did it. Mind you, I have NEVER done (or seriously even considered) doing a MUD RUN or a 5K so this was really CRAZY to say the least. But daughter is 23 and she thinks I'm amazing and had a lot of faith in me. Her spirit if infectious! She cheered me on the whole way and let me tell you it was INTENSE. But as I trudged through 3 miles of mud and overcame many treacherous (think "this is actually dangerous) obstacles I had a few thoughts on the whole process.
1. A 5K MUD RUN is a lot like Life.
Yes, a broad statement but please, it's true. Sometimes, well really face it most of the time, we jump into things without really thinking about them thoroughly or worse yet, we make crazy decisions knowing that they are crazy and then moan about the outcome.
2. Just like life...SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO JUST PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER.
I couldn't wear my glasses on this mud run because well, it was treacherous and muddy, not a good place for the trusty bifocals for this 47 year old schoolteacher. So the glasses, the iPhone AND the Fitbit (heartbreakingly so) were all in my purse, locked in my daughter's car trunk in the parking lot all day. No contacts either. I was kind of blind. So I had to just look down at the ground and put one muddy foot in front of the other until I reached the finish line.
3. Just like life....IN A MUD RUN YOU CAN'T ALWAYS QUIT AND/OR TURN AROUND.
Once I was in on this mud hell ordeal, I was in and there was very few opportunities presented to me to actually quit. But there were spots in the course where I would have LOVED to step off the course and quit and make a b-line towards wherever the Chick-fil-e and snow cones were but I actually COULDN'T"T because it was just impossible. I HAD TO GO OVER THE MOUNTAIN OF MUD and slide down the other side into a giant puddle of sludge. There was no alternative.
4. Just like life...JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I COULDN'T"T GO ON I WAS REFRESHED.
at one point in the course we had to swim across a wide pond. Well, I did swear I would never swim outside in natural water in Georgia but here I was and I just dove off the dock and took to swimming and that water just washed 1.5 hours of hiking and mud off me, well pretty much took the mud off. I felt so much better when I reached the other side. But there was still so much to do! But at least I was reasonably mud free for a half a mile or so.
5. Just like life....WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING EXTRA HARD like a random 5k Mud Run SUDDENLY EVERYTHING ELSE SEEMS RIDICULOUSLY EASY.
Like walking. Once we were done and back on solid ground rather than slippery sliding mud, green grass & pavement seemed simply heavenly. I will never complain about a simple walk again. So easy people. So easy.
6. Just like life....A MUD RUN WILL AMAZE YOU FOR MANY REASONS IF YOU JUST GIVE PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND LOOK AROUND.
Here's one reason....No one on this mud run had a phone in their hand. NO ONE. You couldn't! It was too messy. No one had their FITBIT on! It would have been ruined in the first 1/4 mile. This was tech free, peoples, tech free. And there were HUNDREDS of people out there challenging themselves and each other on a Saturday to raise money for a good cause. WITHOUT TAKING A SINGLE SELFIE ON THE COURSE. Here's another....People are willing to try crazy stuff just to see if they can do it and then say they did! And it's inspiring! Here's one more: It's fun to put down the PHONE! PUT IT DOWN!
If I can do it you can do it fellow Sparkers! I am Andrea and I am 47 years old and I weigh 274 pound (I said 278 earlier but I forgot I lost 4 pounds this week). If I can do a 5K in the mud you probably can too if you just put down the phone, get out there and JUST DO IT.