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 theyâ€™d be interested in joining her Warrior Dash team. It was a perfect fit â€“ obstacle mud runs are definitely outside of my norm!
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One of my most Googled posts is â€œObstacles Runs â€“ Cool, But Are They Safe?â€ Iâ€™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 â€“ and Iâ€™m SO glad I did because it was SUPER fun. Also â€“ no busted ankles, so thatâ€™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.
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 thatâ€™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 canâ€™t say enough great things about those gloves â€“ 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 â€œdonateâ€ stationâ€¦
And took a big communal shower! We were still pretty dirty â€“ I had mud in my ears!
I have amazing things to say about Warrior Dashâ€™s post-race party (it was bumping â€“ 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 â€“ I bought an old school FILM waterproof disposal camera off Amazon. Yup â€“ the crank and click kind. I felt like it was 1995 all over again! I kept giggling every time I took a shotâ€¦ 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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