Sunday, June 5, 2011

Merrell Mud Run

No time for any crafts this weekend.  I wanted to play in the mud!
This morning I woke up at 4:30am, downed two bottles of water, fed the puppies, got all of my gear together, and then I was off to the Merrell Mud Run!

I had never EVER done anything like it before.  Back in Philadelphia, I had run the Broad Street Run, and then the Philadelphia Half Marathon twice, but never a Mud Run.  I don't know why I didn't, it was SO MUCH FUN!

To say I wasn't nervous would be a big fat fib.  I had no idea what to expect.  I knew there were military style obstacles on the course, I knew that there was mud, and water crossings, but that fear of the unknown still took over.  I am also an incredibly competitive person, so I was nervous I would be disappointed with my time, or my race performance.  

This is about an hour before the race, at sunrise...clean, pink, and shiny.  The Cedar Hill State Park was so gorgeous!

This is my nervous face:
And asking, why did I sign up for this?
The finish was near the start, so I was able to see the final mud pit...
 And think: "That's a lot of mud!"
The start time neared, and I went to my time corral...

Deep in concentration...

Anxiously awaiting the start!
  And then...BANG!  The race began:

I cannot describe to you how much fun I had!  They had rope ladders, ladder walls, jumping walls, tubes that you had to crawl through, mud pits of course, a slippery mountain I am on the course

And this is me during one of the water crossings...there were three others besides this one!

 Towards the end, right before the last water obstacle, and the giant mud pit I had the Slippery Mountain Wall.  I think I was most nervous about this one.  It was all upper body strength.  You were not allowed to stand up, or even put your knees up.  The military guys there were yelling, "Bellies Down all the way up the wall!"


                                                 And climbing...

And climbing...

And into the final mud pit!

Did I mention that this was one of the most fun things I have ever done!  EVER!!

Mud Beard!

Attempting to clean off the mud...I wasn't very successful.  I am still picking mud out of my ears.  I left a ring around the bathtub after I got home!
Distance: 5k
Time: 35minutes
Place: 7th of 45 in Women 25-29yrs



Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds awesome! I have done several half marathons and a couple marathons but not a mud run or even a scramble :/ Maybe I will have to try one after seeing your photos! Congrats on your race :D

gail said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! I'm so glad you did that and had FUN! :) Way to go!

MaryN said... Best Blogger Tips

I have wanted to try the Warrior Dash!
This post and photos are very inspiring! Love it!

So glad I found you through the Etsy Blog Team!
I am your newest blog follower. :)
Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

Mary C. Nasser

Cassandra said... Best Blogger Tips

What a seriously awesome accomplishment! You must be so proud - and in really great shape! I probably woulda died. ;)

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Cassandra No you could definitely do it! :)

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