From the beginning, I could tell I should have started closer to the front. The trail was narrow and we got stuck in a fat person bottleneck. It was ok because I wasn't racing for time, but it was still a little frustrating how many people didn't seem to understand to move to the right if they want to walk/be super slow.
The first obstacle was this elastic band spider web thing that was pretty easy. I stuck close to a tall dude and let him do all the work of moving the bands out of the way. I wasn't sure when we hit the second obstacle because there were some super scary downhills that I thought were part of the race, but in retrospect they were probably there because the race was held at a motocross track.
We hit mud from the very beginning, and the funniest part was how many girls tried to avoid getting their shoes dirty at the beginning. I'm not sure they knew what they signed up for...
One obstacle required us to get down on our hands and knees and crawl through a long wooden tunnel. The mud was deep and it smelled like cow poop (and if it smells like cow poop, it's probably cow poop). By the time we hit the half way point, I was already pretty muddy.
|Up another big hill!|
At the halfway point there was a cargo net climb that was about 15 feet tall. Confession: I'm not good with heights. Like, really not good. It doesn't come up often, so I thought maybe this would be ok.
|I have to climb up with muddy hands?|
|Ok, let's do this.|
|Almost over the top|
|Actually, this seems like a horrible idea|
|Hey people behind me, I'm coming back down, please move.|
|Look, walking around is much less scary|
One of the obstacles was a long waterslide (or really, a piece of tarp on a rocky hill with a hose turned on) and that was a little interesting. The girls in front of us were going slowly, but we leaned back and picked up some serious speed. I almost rammed into them, but I did my best to stop before I killed them. As a result of my speedy slide, I skinned my butt. Oh yeah, you read that right. Running is a glamorous sport indeed.
I thought the fire jump was the best obstacle, but my husband didn't get a picture of it. He did get some fun pictures of the last obstacle, the mud crawl!
|I paid money for this|
|The best part is that everyone is watching me crawl through mud|
|Are we still racing at this point?|
|Who wants a hug?|
|Getting dirty makes you tough, right?|
|The hat is the best part.|
|This water was COLD|
|Trying to entice the hose dude to actually spray me|
|As clean as I was going to get.|
Fun moments: I was running behind a guy with a Powerade bottle full of a brown liquid and when I asked him about it, he told me it was whiskey and asked if I wanted some. You have to love a race that has people sipping whiskey the whole way!
Funny costumes caught by Jeff:
|Pimps can be warriors too|
|Dying your hair doesn't make you not look like you're dying in a race|
|Denim cutoffs on a very tall dude.|
|I don't even know|
|Hot day + portapotty + beer = UGH|
|He looked like he might die|
|So, who wants to run a mud race now??|