Last weekend I scored some major Cool Wife brownie points with Michael.
On Saturday, my friend Susie and I ran a mud run/adventure race called the Warrior Dash. The website describes the race as a “12 obstacles from hell along a 3.21-mile course.” The first sentence on the waiver form explains it in more detail though:
“I understand that participating in ‘Warrior Dash’ (“Event”) is an inherently dangerous activity that presents extreme obstacles, including, but not limited to, fire, mud pits, barbed wire, cargo nets, junk cars, climbing, heights, jumping into water, water crossings, steep hills and uneven terrain.”
Yes, it was slightly dangerous (some of it), but not extremely so. Not so that I felt unwise during the run considering I have two babies and a husband depending on me. Yes, there was fire. A mud pit. Barbed wire. Heights. Cargo nets. Jumping into water. And you-have-NO-CLUE-extreme amounts of mud.
But in the end, most of the obstacles were just fun. You had to crawl under the barbed wire, but you weren’t scraping yourself along in an army crawl or anything. The climbing obstacles were pretty scary for me, though. And physically a little tough–you have to have some upper body strength to pull yourself up the rope on the vertical and slanted wall obstacles we had.
All in all, if you can laugh at yourself getting dirtier than you’ve every been in your life, and are in decent enough shape to jog a couple of miles or so, and maybe can do a few push-ups, it wasn’t that bad.
Whatever shoes you ran in were pretty much ruined, so most people donated them to a shoe recycling group that collected them after the race (I ended up keeping mine and washing them at home though).
Muddy front and back
Look at those cute, clean little Warrior Dash newbies…they have no clue…
The first fire pit jump…I just closed my eyes and jumped as high and as wide as I could. I did feel a little heat, but I was wet from swimming through the mud pit under the barbed wire right before this obstacle, so maybe that was helpful?
So, Warrior Dash was awesome, and I think I shall do it again sometime. 🙂
If Saturday was a day for Doing Things I’ve Never Done Before, Sunday surely followed suit…I mowed the lawn. Growing up, my parents taught me how to do a lot of things, but mowing the lawn just wasn’t something I ever did. Considering that my husband owns an up-and-coming lawn care company, though, I felt it was time I learned a little about the Art of Lawn Care–starting with my own yard.
Mowing the lawn was harder work than I thought, but gratifying. Especially since Michael was thrilled that I wanted to learn how to mow.
I’m trying. 🙂
The photo below is extremely unflattering (my darling hubby took it), but since it’s Lent I’m trying to work through my vanity issues and post it anyway. Besides, the Warrior Dash pictures above show me way more stinky and dirty and unflattering-looking than this one! 🙂
That reminds me of a race I've run a few times called "Let's Get Dirty" – it's just massive mud pits everywhere. We used to have to duct tape our shoes onto our feet before we started. Otherwise, they got sucked off in the mud!
Kate Dawson says
So glad you had a chance to play in the mud… it always seems we have to play the part of "ooh not in the mud." Not you, Sista!
I want to do this! So cool. Good for you, girl!!