Monday, April 2, 2012

Muddy Girl

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Although there wasn't as much exercise last week as I would be proud of, I did get a good swim in with my little one.  Just a few laps across the pool, and then I did some water weights.  The only thing about that is you're not in a class or anything, so I imagine it looks pretty funny.  But I tried some arm exercises and worked my quads.   And all this was after the 15 minutes it took until my little one was distracted by other little girls that wanted to play with her.  She makes friends everywhere she goes.  I think if I went up to some woman doing water weights or swimming laps and asked her if she wanted to be friends, she would probably leave the pool or inform the lifeguards that I was stalking her. 
So Saturday night comes around, and we were fortunate enough to be able to go to a benefit and see Jay Leno.  It was a fun night, and he was very funny; but I started to feel a little sick as the evening went on.   I tried to brush it off, but it was a relatively early night for us; and I settled in with a dose of Advil and vitamin C in preparation for the morning.

Soon enough, it's Sunday morning, and Kelly and I took off for Baytown for the Muddy Girl run put on by Tri Girl Sports.  We had several muddy girls to meet there, and we were looking forward to another fabulous day all the while knowing we have slacked off way to much to say we are ready.

Packet pick up was a breeze, and we recieved these awesome little lunch kits, a koozie, our race t-shirt, and our bibs.  Very nice.  The only thing I can saw was missing was music, but that would come later.   We made it back to the car and Shawn arrived with our awesome t-shirts and socks. 
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. 

But no.  We were detoured off yet again for another muddy trek.  This time, it was deeper and slushier, and it was longer.  Much, much longer.  I don't know for sure, but my guess is that this last one was 150 yards of muck.  It seemed like it took forever, and Kim lost her shoe again.  She picked it out of the mud and carried it, but eventually we stopped and got it back on her foot because we feared she would step on something.  All this, and she was recovering from a broken toe.  

Finally, FINALLY, we are out of the mud and heading to the muddy trench.  But this was more difficult than than the previous ones because it was thigh deep.  I did lose my balance a couple of times and fell to my knees.  In hindsight, we probably should have swam it like the Muddy Mayhem in the Warrior Dash, but unfortunately, we didn't think of that until after.  It was much longer than the Muddy Mayehm too.  When we were finally all out of the water and mud, we waited until everyone was out, and we ran it in together.  We crossed the finish line in a group, and got out awesome medals.  But then we lost half the group before we could pose for a finisher group photo. 

We opted to rinse off in the lake rather than making the trek to the fire hoses.  It's all pretty disgusting I thought as I drank out of the water bottle they gave me after I crossed the finish line which is covered in mud.  These are the same hands I would later use to eat my breakfast taco and Oreo cookies. 


The post race party was pretty fun.  There was the music we were looking for, and they had a great selection of food and drinks for us.  And again, the volunteers were awesome! 

We had a great time.  It was really a lot of fun, although not nearly as challenging as the Warrior Dash.  Other than the cargo climb, there was not much that required a lot of upper body strength, and even that was a far cry from the Warrior Dash cargo climb.    There was longer stretches of mud (very.  long.  stretches.) which gave your legs a good workout, but still.  More fun than tough.

I have to say, Tri Girl Sports puts on a good race.  When I finally get a bike and am ready to do a triathlon, I will sign up for one of theirs. 

So what's up next?  I'm not sure, but I'll have to come up with a plan.  Che's charitable organization, Leaving without Regrets, has a group running for the Austin 10/20, which I so wanted to do, but was not able to sign up.  If I am able, I will go volunteer for the group that day.  And I'll try not to cry because I'm not running it.  However, Muddy Girl Lauren will be running it, so at least I can cheer her on through my tears.

Until I figure it out, I'll focus on dropping some weight.  And getting re-charged and motivated to do so.

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