Warrior Dash Recap

I have been wanting to do a mud run for about a year and a half but it hasn’t worked out with my race schedule until now.  Saturday morning I woke up nice and early to get ready for my first mud run.  I did what I normally do when I first wake up on race morning and checked the weather.

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Say WHAT?! 39 degrees?! Temps like that are unheard of in Mississippi this time of year.  I grumbled a bit to my husband’s 17 year old cousin who was doing the race with me.  This was his first race ever and I was excited that he was such a good sport to go with me.  He doesn’t want to be on the blog so there won’t be any pictures but I just have to say that we made a great team! I seriously wouldn’t have been able to make it over some obstacles without him.

My wave didn’t start until 10 but we had to be bused into the event grounds so we left the house around 8.  On the bus ride into the Warrior Dash I noticed just how soggy everything was.  It had rained pretty hard in the days before the race so there was plenty of standing water.  Think swampland(ish).   Registration was a breeze as was our gear check so we had plenty of time to wander around and snap a few pictures.

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I watched a couple waves go off and then lined up about 15 minutes prior to our wave time.  Unfortunately, people were getting into waves they didn’t sign up for so I ended up waiting an extra 45 minutes.  On the plus side, it warmed up into the 50’s by the time my wave started.

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3….2….1….And we’re off! 3.6 muddy miles of barbed wire, rope climbs, swimming and FUN.  Because of all the rain earlier in the week, most of the course was under at least  1″+ of water so my shoes were soaked before the first obstacle.  Also, because of the rain, it was hard to tell some of the pits that the Warrior Dash had dug out until you saw someone fall waist deep into what you previously thought was solid ground.

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This was the first & last picture my hubby took before the finish line. The course was completely out of the spectator’s view.

After 10ish minutes (no Garmin = no accurate time) I came to my first obstacle which was the barbed wired crawl.  The trick to this one is to keep your butt low to the ground which for some reason is hard for me. I got snagged a few times but made it out with my clothes in tact.

In the effort of NOT turning this post into a book, I’m just going to post pictures of the remaining obstacles.

These were the obstacles. (If you can't tell, it's from their post race survey.)

These were the obstacles. (If you can’t tell, it’s from their post race survey.)

Storming Normandy. Reeeeeeal barbed wire.

Storming Normandy.
Reeeeeeal barbed wire.

Trenches I wasn't a fan of this one. I couldn't see the end of the tunnel and felt incredibly claustrophobic.

Trenches
I wasn’t a fan of this one. I couldn’t see the end of the tunnel and felt incredibly claustrophobic with so much mud on top of me.

Vertical Cargo Climb. Super easy - thankfully!

Vertical Cargo Climb.
Super easy – thankfully!

Deadweight Drifter. Must know how to swim! (And be able to tolerate frigid water, too.)

Deadweight Drifter.
Must know how to swim! (And be able to tolerate frigid water, too.)

Giant Cliffhanger Should have been super easy but the mud makes it super slippery.

Giant Cliffhanger
Should have been super easy but the mud makes it super slippery.

Meeeeee on the  backside of the Clif Hanger.

Meeeeee on the backside of the Clif Hanger.

Warrior Roast Meh, highly overrated.

Warrior Roast
Meh, highly overrated.

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Muddy Mayhem
This was my absolute favorite obstacle! Right before you finished you had to crawl through a ton of sloshy mud.

Me crawling/sliding through Muddy Mahem.

Me crawling/sliding through Muddy Mahem.

There were a few obstacles that I couldn’t find pictures on but you get the idea.  After running, jumping, crawling and pulling myself over things, I had finally made it to the finish line.  Bruised, beaten but so pleased with myself.  I had totally underestimated the difficulty of the Warrior Dash; it was definitely a team effort (which included random strangers, too) because there were some obstacles that were impossible to do without help.

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After collecting my medal I headed to the shower area (a large pond) to try to get some of the crud off before going home. I had mud in places I didn’t even know was possible…. All-in-all, this was a fantastic event that I would do again in a heartbeat.  It was difficult but not too difficult for a first time mud runner.

Awesome race shirt! We also got a fuzzy horned hat but I didn't think to take a picture of that.

Awesome race shirt! We also got a fuzzy horned hat but I didn’t think to take a picture of that.

Be prepared to have VERY attractive post race legs.

Be prepared to have VERY attractive post race legs.

Warrior Dash Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Be a team player. Unless you are racing this event to win, stop and help your fellow mud runners when they’re struggling. Chances are there’s an obstacle up ahead that you’ll need help conquering.
  • Wear shoes you want to donate. ‘Nuff said.
  • Wear your hair in a braid (if you have long hair). Trust me on this one; it a lot easier to wash the muck out of your hair if it’s braided vs. loose in a ponytail.
  • Bring extra towels. And clothes…and shoes (preferably flip flops).
  • Take a before picture. This will be priceless when coupled with your after picture.
  • Look up the course obstacles in advance. It’s good to have a plan of attack before you get to the obstacle.
  • Get to your corral early so you can get in front. 
  • Be prepared for cuts, scratches and mega bruises.  Think of them as battle wounds.
  • Have fun! Embrace this event and all of it’s muddy gloriousness.

Don’t:

  • Bring your phone unless you want a new one.  You will be crawling through water and mud on your belly and sliding through water and mud on your back. Plus you will need both of your hands.
  • Race it for a certain time.  The running part is fine but be prepared to wait your turn at the obstacles. They get incredibly backed up.
  • Wear fashion tights or leggings. While fashion tights/leggings are very cute, they rip incredibly easily – especially on barbed wire. Wear athletic leggings/capris instead. They are made for more strenuous activity and are a bit thicker. There was a girl on Saturday that had to run the entire race with her bum hanging out because she went for the cute tights. 😦
  • Wear makeup. Unless it’s like extra waterproof and it’s in some awesomely warrior-like design. Otherwise, let the mud be your makeup. Some people pay top dollar in spas for the treatment you’re about to receive.
  • Jump right into the middle of the mud pit. Unless you have a strategy out. (And climbing over the poor person stuck next to you isn’t a strategy.)  If you jump into the middle, you will get stuck immediately and not be able to climb out.  Stick to the outside edges.
  • Be afraid. You knew what you were getting into when you signed up. Now is no time to be scared. It’s going to be hard but it’s going to be a blast. And the best part? You won’t get in trouble with your mom for getting your clothes dirty.

Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter my ViewSPORT sweat activated t-shirt giveaway!

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Weekly Workout Recap

Another amazing weekends in the books! I’m sad to see it go but that just means that I have all week to plan another one.  I had the Warrior Dash this weekend so the hubby and I took off work Friday and went on a road trip 3 1/2 hours north.  We made a small detour to one of our favorite national parks, Vicksburg National Military Park.  If you are into Civil War history at all, put this park on your must visit list.

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One of the many state monuments in the park.

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Springtime in Mississippi. Love all of the beautiful wild flowers!

Saturday was spent getting all muddy (and bruised, too).  I have been wanting to do a mud run / obstacle race for about a year and half but the timing hasn’t worked out until now.  Let me just say, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long. I’ll have a full recap on the Warrior Dash later this week but it was an absolute blast!

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Last week I mentioned that I was feeling a bit lost with my workouts and lack of training schedule.  I had planned on creating a new training plan but ran out of time.  So that’s going back on my to-do list this week.  Before too long, I’ll be starting to train for my next marathon – exciting!

Weekly Workout Recap April 15 – April 21:

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When you see AM circuit, this is what I’m referencing.

Monday: AM circuit.

Tuesday: AM circuit, Boston Prayer Run 5k, CrossFit (run, walking lunges, push presses, pull-ups, and rows).

Wednesday: Recovery day; super sore from the night before.

Thursday: AM circuit, 2 mile run, Crossfit (pistols, run with sandbag, rope climb, sandbag throws, and monkey bars).

Friday: Nada, nothing.

Saturday: Warrior Dash.  3.6 miles of mud, barbed wire and jumping fire.

Sunday: Sat in car all day – blah.

Don’t forget to enter my ViewSPORT giveaway! Only a few days left to win an awesome sweat activated t-shirt.

Question:  What fun activities did you get into this weekend?

Looking Ahead

I hope y’all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Hubby and I aren’t really into such a commercialized holiday so we kept it low key and enjoyed some wine and fantastic steaks.  I married a man that can throw down on the grill.

I did get some really beautiful roses. <3

I did get some really beautiful roses. ❤

I can’t believe it but tomorrow is my last long(ish) run before Rock-n-Roll New Orleans – EEK!  I say long(ish) because it’s only 10 miles.  I know the people who came up with tapering know what they’re talking about but I get a bit nervous that my legs are going to go dumb and forget how to run.

Also, during taper, I find myself with lots of extra time which leads to looking to the future and planning more things to do.  {side note: There are a TON of cool races out there.}  I’m what I like to call a spontaneous planner.  I really love having races on my calendar (gives me something to look ahead to) but I also am guilty of spur of the moment or impulse registering.

Case in point, last week I added two new events to my race calendar and have a third event in the works.  To remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees, I thought it would be good to look at what I have coming up next month and also what I goals I plan to conquer.

These are the two major goals I want to accomplish in March & April:

  1. Go to an actual crossfit class.
  2. Take swimming lessons.

I have been wanting to try crossfit for awhile now but didn’t want to risk injury during marathon training.  Now that I don’t have that excuse, bring on the pain!

My newest fitness items.  Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

My newest fitness items. Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

As for the swimming lessons, in order to even consider a triathlon I need to be able to do more then doggie paddle or float while holding a drink with a little umbrella in it.  I can swim, but not proficiently.  I have a small, very small, triathlon that I’ve been eyeballing for May but I’m not registered for it yet.

And these are the events that I’m looking forward to:

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2/24 Rock-n-Roll Marathon (full), New Orleans, LA.   This will be my last marathon until November.  Apparently I’m a masochist because I’m really going to miss training.

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3/30 Viking 1/2 Marathon, Greenwood, MS.  The same event company that put on last week’s half in Greenville is doing this one.  I have high hope for this half to be just as amazing!

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4/6 Zombie Run, Gulfport, MS.  Oooooooh yes! I will be in full zombie costume (clothes & makeup) chasing runners.  This is just going to be way too much fun! Proceeds go to benefit the smile train which helps children with cleft paletes.

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4/13 Yoga for Nonviolence, Ocean Springs, MS.  It will be interesting going from being a violent zombie one weekend to a peaceful yogi the next.  I will be doing 108 Sun Salutations (YIKES!) in observation of nonviolence.

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4/20 Warrior Dash, Jackson, MS.  This is the last event I’m registered for and most likely will be the last big event until fall.  By the beginning of May, the heat is already so hot in South Mississippi that racing season is basically over.  I know I’ll want to move to Antarctica.  Call me crazy but I’m looking forward to jumping over fire and getting my fuzzy, horned hat.

So that’s everything, minus a few local races that I’m undecided about.  I’m hoping that I can just pull this post up whenever I get the itch to register for something new…Here’s hoping my logic works.

Oh, and I just have to show you one picture from the half marathon last week.  (Of course the professional pictures came out the day that I released my post…)  The picture was taken right before crossing the finish line and I think my smile says it all.  I rarely buy a professional race pic but this was such a special race that I think I might just get this one.

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Question:  What events do you have coming up that you’re excited about?