I love that the sun is starting to come up earlier, but so not a fan of the temperature dropping the closer I got to the race site. It was 37 degrees out. It was cold. Not cool. I’m no expert, but when even the cow’s are on the ground in a ball, it. is. cold.
Not gonna lie, I was cold & my stomach was not happy. I kinda wanted to just stay home in my own little ball under the covers. Smile for the camera. OK.
If you’re considering a mud run, it doesn’t get any simpler than this:
The volunteers were all about
photo bombing helping point you in the right direction and making sure you got your race swag.
I kinda liked that you were able to pick up your shirt and charm necklace before the run
because I would inevitably get the pretty white shirt filthy before ever wearing it. Each obstacle had a clever name to it, H2OMG was appropriately named – umm, running with ice cubes for feet, anyone?
I didn’t bring my camera with me, but there were plenty of photographers throughout the getting some great action shots, so I borrowed these photos from the Dirty Girl Facebook page that has nearly 2,000 photos from the day.
None of the obstacles were too difficult, and it was a SUPER friendly course for any first time runners looking to get their feet wet with the obstacle/mud run scene. (Get it? Wet? See what I did there? Ha!) There were also signs posted throughout the course reminding runners that no one would tell if they went around.
It was an untimed course, but the mileage counter and slightly competitive side of me wanted to keep track. FYI: Garmin, by the way, will survive an ice bath and a whole lot of mud. Forty three minutes later, we finished all smiles and only a little bit dirty. There were a couple of really good PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff) opportunities, but we had places to be post run
or maybe it was just the mother in each of us not wanting another mess to clean up, and we were able to keep ourselves reasonably clean. Actually, we received a number of compliments for how not dirty we were for the course. 🙂
Overall, we had a great time. We were scheduled to run the first (8am) wave. It started a little more than thirty minutes late, and the first obstacle wasn’t quite set up by the time we got going. Everything else was very well run, so I attribute this to the crazy downpour of rain from the night before. They even had a couple of water stations throughout the course. Well done, and I would totally run it again.
Bummer for me, but a win for you. Since my race calendar is pretty full for the year, I get to spread some dirty love your way (for you California peeps, anyway). The generous organizers have offered one of you lucky runners the opportunity to play in the mud later this year.