|Our Tie-Dye Tees|
They looked great, and we were ready to go.
|Front Row: Che and Kim|
Back Row: Natalie, Holly, Kelly, Me, Shawn, and Lauren
There were eight of us all together. You could see most of the course from the pavilion where everything was. The course went around the lake that is there with a few detours into the woods. We lined up in the back of the wave and as Che's husband said, "Way to bring up the rear!" We passed a volunteer before we got too far off, and he heard us talking about being last. He said, "Well, you'll look the best so just keep smiling." That would be easy to do.
Unfortunately, one of Lauren's students gave her a touch of the stomach bug, so she started feeling the effects of her recovery pretty quickly. We just encouraged her to walk and pace herself, because she was going to do this.
The first obstacle was a small hill, which they snaked the course around about four times so that we had to run up and down several times. Next obstacle up, I think we skipped by accident because there was this thin muddy ditch kind of thing, but everyone, and I mean everyone ran parallel to it. I think we were supposed to run in it. Oh well, why have heavy shoes before you're ready.
Next up came these bars that you had to run under, but they were not real low or anything so basically we just ducked under them. I said, "Are you ready to limbo?" and then answered myself with a no before going under them myself. After that, the mud was unavoidable. We had our first serious obstacle which was a mud crawl. First there was about 100 feet of mud, and I do mean mud. Black, thick, smelly mud. Kim lost her shoe for the first time here. Mine were close to coming off several times. Then came the crawl. There were ropes that you had to go under, but you were able to get under them by just crawling and not necessarily belly crawling. I lost one of my mini tiaras under one of the ropes. Kelly saw it fly off, but by the time she got to it, it was lost having sunk into the murky water. After getting up from the crawl, there was another 100 feet or so of walking through it before coming into the clear. And there was no way to get your hands clean. They were caked in thick mud. Yuk.
Once we came out of the woods, we were back by the lake, and I washed my hands off in there. Sanitary, right? We ran a little bit to the next "obstacle" which was bales of hay stacked up that you had to climb over. We all gathered at this one for a group picture. After that were lines of barrels to jump over, or in my case, climb over. At this point, Natalie found a ball on the bank of the river, so we added our own obstacle, muddy ball soccer, as we ran to the next obstacle.
We got there, and we were backed up waiting on the Cargo Climb. This was not nearly as difficult as I had remembered with the Warrior Dash because the only thing you had to worry about here was the thing tipping over. It was very small and started at ground level, allowing at the most three muddy girls at a time. Three girls, but you would have to be careful not to get kicked. Everyone made it over, and then we had our water break.
Next up was another set of barrels. I saw Shawn and Che ahead of me hurdling them. Awesome! When Kelly and I got to the second set of barrels, we posed for another picture, laying across them and acting like we were flying. The photographer guy thought that was funny. I have to say that we had awesome volunteers. Everyone was encouraging and smiling and telling us how great we were doing. I tell you, I just love the volunteers.
Soon enough, we are rounding the last corner to the end. But then, I saw the detour. We would be going through the woods again which meant walking through more thick, slushy mud. When the mud is this thick, the risk is you can't see the holes and you can't tell which mud is going to give. This trek was probably 500 feet or so. At then end of it, there was an older man who was moderating the course, and he made the comment that this did not look like fun to him but this is what we paid for. It was pretty funny, and this is really the most negative thing I have heard in any race that I've done; but I don't think he was trying to be mean. I think he just really doesn't understand why we sign up for such a thing. We came out of the woods, and I thought we were home free and onto the last obstacle-the muddy trench.