|Laurie and I pre-race (obviously because we're still clean!)|
|Goodbye Ol' Buddies!|
|I had to merge two of my pics together to show all three.|
|Lots of young people out there, as you can see.|
Now we have to hustle! The line for bag check was too long so we ran and put our stuff in the car. At the starting line and off we go!! Of course I have no pictures from the course because I couldn't carry a camera (though I saw one person with one!).
I remember there being a lot of hills but they were mostly not that long. I'm still suffering a bit with this chest cough so I could only run on the flat parts. Laurie stuck with me and it was a lot more fun doing the event with her then I imagine it would be alone. The obstacles were totally doable and were just a matter of getting through with my shoes intact. We saw people lose their shoes in the mud pits. Your feet sink into the thick mud and when you lift to take the next step your foot comes out but your shoe doesn't! On the second mud pit we took our shoes and socks off and carried them! Putting them back on while covered in mud was interesting. Squish, squish.
I was so happy to see the one and only water station at the 1.5 mile mark. More up/down hills and more doable obstacles and then we come up toward the big finish. Those "triple threat" things don't look too intimidating until you are climbing over them yourself. My mind started in with fear and I thought, "don't think, don't think, just do." The good thing was a woman next to me started to panic at the top of the first one, "I can't, I can't do it, I have a heights thing." I talked her over and down and that helped distract me from my own anxiety. She was ready to bail (bale?) altogether on the second one but she didn't quit and I was happy to cheer her on. Though I was definitely quivering myself as I hurled my leg over the top of those things. Hang on is right! But we all made it - High five Laurie!!
The only things left after that were more mud pits, the ones you have to crawl through to go under wires.
I didn't even realize I had mud on my face until I got in the car.
|We will, we will, Rock You!|
We headed out to the car and who did I see? Another blogger. Bekki from Wild Child Gone Good. She had her hair in characteristic double pony tails and I think that helped me recognize her. This was my first real-life blogger to blogger encounter. Anyway, she lives in the North Bay as well and I knew she was doing this event because she'd posted about it. Fun!
On the road home and I stayed at Laurie's for another beer. We ended up jumping in her pool to clean off some, which was refreshing and fun. I finally headed for home about 1pm and I was starving! I thought about all sorts of "bad" foods I wanted to eat but managed to talk myself down and into a Hi Tech Curry Shrimp burrito from their "healthy grill" menu. Well played, Michelle, well played.
Well, that's it from me! I'd say I was operating at about 80-85% capacity today given my chest cold. I'd love to do this event again next year and give it my all. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. Now, can I squeeze in a nap before the kids wake from theirs??
Update with official pics: