This past weekend, I participated in the Warrior Dash Midwest, a 5K (ish) trail run with 12 obstacles thrown in for good measure. I “ran” it with my friend NIkki, but–to be honest– we did a fair share of walking, so I consider it more of a fun run than a race. Potatoes, pot-ah-toes.
The Warrior Dash is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced… and I had no clue what to expect. I hadn’t really trained for it and was a little nervous about the obstacles. Our heat started at 10:30 and it was already SUPER hot and sunny. But, my lord, it was SO MUCH FUN. We jumped over cars, crawled through tunnels, scaled walls, climbed up cargo nets, jumped over fire, etc.
And then there was the mud! There were a total of 3 mud obstacles, but–as always– they saved the best for last. After the fire jump, you have to crawl under barbed wire in a HUGE mud pit. As soon as I came up to the pit, I hear the crowd chanting “Dive. Dive. Dive.” So I dove. I got mud in my eyes… in my ears… in my nose… everywhere. It was sooo much fun.
The after-party was the best part… lots of nice people gave us their free beer coupons and we had a great time conversing with other Warriors. The bling was pretty nice, too: A standard cotton tshirt, a cool medal, and–wait for it– a warrior helmet!! Can’t get much better than that.
On to the pictures (many of which were “borrowed” from other people’s facebook pages…)
There was mud everywhere…
In the end, I finished in about 46 minutes. I’m not at all concerned about the time, though. It was SO.MUCH.FUN. We’re already thinking of what we’re going to do next year!