As the day of the race got closer I realized that it was end of July...and HOT outside. I don't particulary love running outside in the heat, which is why in the summer I run at 6am to avoid it. Well, not only was it the end of July, the heat we signed up for started at noon. Talk about good planning on our part ;)
As always, the morning of the race I was cursing the person who talked me into this, but really this time I could only blame myself. (And yes, I sign up for these races and then whine the WHOLE morning of because I don't wanna do it...lol!) We all met at Brandon's to carpool up to the race, and honestly at this point I was starting to get nervous. It was only a 5k run...but there were 10 obstacles that we would have to pass through along the way. I can run...but I wouldn't say my upper body strength or coordination are exceptional ;)
I did in fact make it through the race successfully, but it wasn't an easy task...let's just say the obstacles were not meant for a shorter person like myself. The very first one was a retaining wall of sorts and the guys that were around me were literally jumping over this like it was nothing...I had to pull myself up and over because they were almost as tall as me! The rope at the end was also not meant for someone with short legs...just getting onto the rope was a challenge in itself...lol! However the most challenging (yet humorous) part was the excessive amount of mud on the trails...not only were the trails muddy but they were extremely hilly...several parts of the race were impossible to run through...although I tried and ended up on my rear!! All in all it was a great day...and it is over with. I can't say I would voluntarily sign up for this race again...but who knows ;)
Unfortunately I didn't have access to my camera for the day so I had to take these photos from the web-page...I like this picture because it makes me look like I am beating everyone ;) Lol! I finished 121st out of 806 women in my age group and 438th out of over 3,000 others on Saturday, which I think is a pretty darn good accomplishment!
At the very end of the race they had a fire pit you had to jump over...my legs were literally jello at this point and jumping was the last thing I wanted to do :)
We all finished the race!!! Way to go guys...we rock!
The final obstacle was a mud-pit...which I am no stranger to, but this particular mud pit was quite the experience...I tried to step in carefully and totally bit it...hence being covered in mud :)