Mud, mud, and MORE mud!!! When my husband came to me and talked about doing the Mud Run my reaction was typical, I said yea sure lets do it. Thinking that it’s probably not going to happen! The April Fools Challenge was a 5k charity race through mud and water. Well, the week before came and Sean reminded me that we had the run coming up. Ummmmm….what?!? So okay, we were registered, I had to do it. I looked up some mud run info online and definitely was NOT liking what I saw!! Let me give you a little background… I DO NOT like mud or anything about mud. When I garden I use tools, and gloves. When my kids use outdoor toys that get dirty, I hose them off before touching them. Anti-dirt, yep that’s me! Okay now that I am laughing out loud typing this, let me finish. So I researched mud runs and all I saw were photos of people covered head-to-toe, people being trampled into the ground, people swimming through muddy waters. GASP!! First thought, EWWWW; second thought, I cannot do this!
At this point my husband was laughing at me and telling me it won’t be that bad, my girlfriends were laughing at me and asking me what I got myself into it, and me telling me…ok you’re in it and you’re going to do it! So I asked some ladies that have done this in the past for some advice. What to wear, what to expect, what comes after?? I got some GREAT advice and glad I asked!
Here are some tips that I got that helped tremendously:
-Wear your hair in braids or a low ponytail so that it doesn’t get caught in obstacles or weighed down.
-Wear tight fitting clothing. I wore under armour cold gear leggings under shorts with a dry fit shirt, sports bra, and high socks.(I was glad to have my skin covered so I didn’t get too scratched up when running through the woods)
– Wear old shoes that you don’t mind parting with at the end.
-Take with you a change of clothes…all the way down to your underwear.
-Take a towel, garbage bag, and baby wipes to clean off.
So before I knew it, it was gameday! By this time, I was ready! We were in heat 6, so once we arrived and registered, we stretched out and I was ready. I was feeling nervous and excited! The group that I was with was a bunch of folks from the gym where my husband trains. They gave me some tips and then it was go time! It was definitely an experience! It tested my strength and endurance. It pushed my limits a bit, but it was an empowering feeling. At the end it felt good to know I finished!
Here’s how it went:
-Run the length of a field, grab a sandbag and run some more, jump in a small mud pit filled with coffee beans (yes coffee beans!! One of the sponsors was Coffee Tree Roasters)
-Then came the first tough part— running on pavement up a steep hill!!
-What goes up must come down, so the second part was running back down the hill but through the woods this time. This part was very cool for me because I let go of all that I am used to and I went for it!! Running through mud, jumping logs and dodging trees!
-Next, the worst part, to me at least! It was a cold morning and in front of me was a creek that we had to trek through. FREEZING!! The water was almost up to my waist and it was ice cold! My legs went from tingling to burning, to numb!
-Then came the obstacle part (after running the length of the field again of course). Obstacles included bellying through mud, hurdling a log, climbing a wall, balancing over a creek, monkey barring (if thats a word) over the creek — which I might add, I did with flying colors. After that came some more running.
-Then the end! Climb a large wall with a rope or the faux rocks they created. Then RUN to the finish line!
Our team finished first place over all and the hubs and I did it in about 55 minutes! We did it! 3 miles of mud, water, and mud! I was told from some team members that it wasn’t as intense as other mud runs, but it was a great way to pop the cherry! We had a great time, I would recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and trying it out, even if just 1 time! Next time Sean asks…I’m in!