Dirty Dash

The Dirty Dash was today...finally! We signed up for this race months ago and it's what got us training and running in the first place.

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be but in different ways. I was full prepared to run 5.5 miles no problem....except that's not all there was. It was pretty much uphill most of the way which was just bad news. We have been training on mostly flat ground so those hills kicked my butt. Luckily there were enough obstacles that we had to stop and wait to do so it wasn't straight running the whole time. We went over walls and waste deep muddy water. We also had to crawl through big tubes and go through even more mud puddles.

 I lost my pants about half a mile in...they were so heavy and falling off so I just took them off and wore my spandex the rest of the way.  I was feeling okay until we got to the swamp. It's this big stretch of deep muddy muddy ground that weighs your shoes down and makes your legs feel like jello. I was pretty much hating life at this point. From the swamp to the finish line it was the hardest part of the race. It was mainly up a steep hill and then you had to get through tires and monkey bars (which I skipped...don't judge me) and then up another steep hill until we got to a big water slide that took us down to the end of the race.

I was thinking that I was going to have to do this race all by myself since Bart and his friend are so much faster than I am. Luckily for me that wasn't the case. They would get ahead of me but I would catch up to them at every obstacle. It would not have been very much fun if I was doing it on my own so I'm glad it worked out. Finishing the race was the best part being covered in mud...that is until we had to go take a freezing cold shower. This water was straight up freshly melted snow. It was so cold. I had to rinse my hair off and I started crying because it hurt so bad.

Once we got home and took a hot-hot shower I felt much better. My legs got pretty banged up from climbing over all those walls and bales of hay and crawling on the ground but it's all good. Battle scars right? We eventually passed out for a few hours and even when we woke up we were stretching and then kinda just got stuck on the floor. My body is pretty much shot to hell but I guess that's the point right?

It was a lot of fun and very different than I expected. I am definitely up to doing it again next year but we are wanting to get a bigger group and go all together...we'll see what happens!

1 comment:

  1. Maybe next year I'll be fit enough to take on this challenge. It looks like so much fun! There is also a 5k run called the color run where everyone throws that colored chalk at each other. It looks way fun. You should google it or something. Oh and ps I had so much more fun running with you than by myself, that I am searching for a running buddy! xo



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