Warrior Dash

I was recently challenged to try something outside of my fitness comfort zone.  That same week, my friend Jen asked a group of momma friends if they’d be interested in joining her Warrior Dash team.  It was a perfect fit – obstacle mud runs are definitely outside of my norm! 


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One of my most Googled posts is “Obstacles Runs – Cool, But Are They Safe?”  I’ve long avoided mud runs because I felt like the risks (mainly twisting an ankle during triathlon season!) outweighed the benefits.  But Jen and the rest of my friends promised that we would stick together as a team, go slowly, and could skip any obstacles that felt unsafe.  So I decided to give it a go – and I’m SO glad I did because it was SUPER fun.  Also – no busted ankles, so that’s good.  Hah!


The Warrior Dash North Carolina was a 5K run with 15 obstacles, which included crawling under barbed wire, climbing tall structures, shimmying over rope bridges, traversing waist-deep mud puddles, and jumping over fire. 

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We were in one of the last waves (we started at 2:30 PM), which was honestly a great move for newbies.  The course was pretty quiet (no bottlenecking at the obstacles) so we felt no pressure whatsoever to hurry up.  I think that’s the key to being safe. Some of the obstacles truly were dangerous with HUGE drops, so being careful was important.


Although it was perfectly fine to skip obstacles, I am really proud to report that I did every single one!  I could tell that boot camp made a big difference in my ability to climb structures and control my descent on the ropes.  And I can’t say enough great things about those gloves – I was SO glad to be wearing gloves during the race. 


The big finish?  A jump over fire, a climb up a structure, and a huge drop down muddy slides into a giant pool of squishiness!


When we finished the race, we tied our shoe laces together and abandoned our kicks at the “donate” station…

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And took a big communal shower!  We were still pretty dirty – I had mud in my ears!


I have amazing things to say about Warrior Dash’s post-race party (it was bumping – free beer!) and the fact that they post FREE professional individual photos on their Facebook page after the race.  Pretty cool, huh?


Wondering how I got all these personal mid-race photos?  Funny story, actually – I bought an old school FILM waterproof disposal camera off Amazon.  Yup – the crank and click kind.  I felt like it was 1995 all over again!  I kept giggling every time I took a shot… And, of course, I had to wait to write this post until I got film developed at the store, which totally blew my mind. 


I would love to do another obstacle course race with my friends!  It was a really fun way to squeeze in a killer workout (my arms were dying by the end!) while having a good time with people that I love. 

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  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 11, 2015, 8:08 am

    Way to go!! My husband wants to do one of these so badly!

  • Carly June 11, 2015, 9:39 am

    Looks like a fun race! I’m surprised you liked going in the afternoon-the few times I’ve done mud races I liked having the first heat because then the obstacles weren’t as muddy. It was much harder in later heats when the post-mud obstacles were extra slippery.

  • Amanda June 11, 2015, 11:30 am

    This looks like it turned out to be so much fun! I love that you used the old school camera.

  • Katie @ Operation Happier June 11, 2015, 11:44 am

    Wow, Caitlin, you are really rocking this whole mother of two thing!! I’m due with my first in less than 2 months, and I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to see you continue to do the kinds of things that make you happy like boot camp and this! And all of your hard work shows!! Well done!

  • Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) June 11, 2015, 12:45 pm

    I haven’t done one of these in years! My sisters and brother do them fairly frequently but I’ve had to bow out the last few times because I was pregnant. I hope I can bounce back from this pregnancy as fast as you have and sign up for one in the fall! 🙂

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies June 11, 2015, 12:55 pm

    I did the Warrior Dash once, I found it to be so much fun, not your regular race definitely 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 11, 2015, 1:50 pm

    I’ve done a Warrior Dash and watched my husband do the Tough Mudder. I like your tips and they are fun, but have to say that I’ve actually come to the opinion that they’re not safe. Even though I wore capris and was relatively cautious, I ended up with my legs bleeding and it now creeps me out to think of the obstacles that I was going over while I was bleeding and had open wounds and others were also bleeding. It’s unlikely to catch anything, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Some of the obstacles at the Tough Mudder were not set up well. For example, I saw people go through one particular one–the final one that had electric wires hanging down that you had to run through-and saw people get caught around their neck in the wires. I think my husband and I are glad we experienced them once, but will now stick to more tame running events where the likelihood of bleeding and choking are much lower. 🙂

  • Amanda June 11, 2015, 2:18 pm

    Love this! I remember at my warrior dash, I made fun of the first obstacle… I told my sister that if someone couldn’t do that, they shouldnt be running the race… and then I almost fell! Shut me right up, lol.

  • Nicole June 11, 2015, 2:29 pm

    Way to go, Caitlin! I did the WD a few years ago and I loved it! Although, I’m not sure I could go into another one with the same gusto… I had some gnarly bruises, scrapes, and rashes after the fact, lol.

    It’s so awesome how the bootcamp has been translating into other aspects of your life! I know that once I started really turning the focus back on strength training, my life changed all around for the better! It’s amazing what you can do when you feel and ARE strong! 😀

  • Courtney June 11, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I’ve been wanting to do a local mud run/obstacle course, but I’m too chicken. It’s 7 miles and my endurance isn’t there yet. Running only would be fine, but I think everything else would trip me up. (That’s the fun in it, right?)

  • Cheryl June 11, 2015, 4:47 pm

    My husband and I ran the Warrior Dash on Saturday too. I thought it was a great challenge. I bypassed the great wall and the deadman’s drop. I did end up with some rope burns and bruises including perhaps a broken tailbone (it could be just bruised). However, I would do it again. I felt like it took me out of my comfort zone and really pushed me both physically and mentally.

  • Kate @KateMovingForward June 11, 2015, 8:06 pm

    I’m a little intimidated by obstacle races and this one looks crazy! I’m trying to be more adventurous in my life so maybe I’ll try one soon! You make it look fun! And I LOVE that camera–reminds me of my days at summer camp. 😀

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