What is a mud race? Ours was a 5K with several mudpits and obstacles, including: a rope climb, cargo net, rope web, monkey bars, sand bag tote, ramp climb, over under mud pit, tire run, mud mountains, hurdles, and hay stacks.
A few thoughts on this race:
1. It deserved more respect than I allotted it beforehand. In my mind it was "Just another 5K with some mud and a few obstacles thrown in." Right? Not so. After going through the first mud pit, we took on so much extra weight in mud that it made it Significantly harder to run! There was also a lot of trail running (all of our training was on roads), as well as running in grass, sand, gravel and a lot more elevation change than we had anticipated. Each obstacle saps a little more of your strength so that the next stretch of running is harder than the one before.
2. It was hard, but really fun to do as a couple.
3. I TOTALLY want to do it again and already have a name and design ideas for our shirts next year.
All clean Before...
On our shirts =)
We didn't have anyone at the race with us, so these two pictures I got off the website are the only ones I have of us doing the run...
Final Mud Pit
NOT so clean After!
Also on my shirt
Our finishing time was 36 minutes and 58 seconds. Out of the 1,768 people who ran the Challenger 5K, we placed 154th and 155th.
This is after we rinsed off!
(That red mud doesn't budge!)
Keenan did the kids 1.5 mile run. He has been soooo excited about this race for weeks!
He and Moriah in their race day shirts
Race bib on and ready to go!
Heading to the start line with some friends from CC and the Grays =)
Philip and Alaina with our three runners
Off they go!
* Philip ran with Keenan and took pictures, and I watched at a couple of the obstacles and took pictures, so His race was well covered! =)
First mud pit - Keenan wasted no time in getting covered! =)
At the over under mud pit - this totally cracks me up! In the second picture he is entirely submerged!
Heading up the ramp to the giant slip and slide!
He and Nora Jane are in the middle
Dominating the hurdles!
At the tire run
At the top of the first mud mountain
Second last mud pit
There he goes!
At the finish!
That's one dirty, happy kid!
So proud of Keenan (and also proud of Philip for doing an additional mile and a half after finishing our race!)
Mud even in his eyelashes
They had a fire truck to spray off the runners
Part of the cheer team
We, along with thousands of others donated our shoes to be cleaned and given to those in need
These bags are all full of shoes!
After Keenan got cleaned up, he went and tried out some of the huge slides at the event
While we three had a little snack picnic in the grass
Then it was off to Chick Fil A for an early dinner and a milk shake for dessert and early to bed for all... =)