Sunday, June 26, 2011

Warrior Dash

Yesterday and today was the Warrior Dash New England.  I ran it yesterday ( I use the term ran loosely) with a great group of ladies.  We dressed in anything that resembled 80's themed dress.  I painted a T- Shirt with fluorescent paint and the number 78 to celebrate the amount of weight I have lost since starting this journey.


Before the race.

This race was an adventure to say the least.  The race course takes place over mostly steep terrain that goes up a slope through the woods then into a field and then it's down hill at the very end.  It's a 5k with obstacles along the way and did I mention mud?  Yes mud.  I knew mud would be involved on some level but I had no idea it was going to be anywhere from your ankle up to your knees at any given moment of time for the ENTIRE 3.2 MILES. To prepare for the mud we were given some advice to duct tape our shoes on and I'm glad we did!  There were many people who lost a shoe in the mud and had to finish with one shoe missing.

Post race in the process of removing the duct tape. 
I donated my shoes to be recycled.


Our start time for the race was 2:30pm (every 30 minutes there was a wave of runners that started the race).  First we ran up a slope of mud so that made for it to be a very slippery slope to say the least.  I found a spot on the side of the trail/slope as I was running uphill that bordered the tall grass so I used the grass for traction.  I never took my eyes off the ground.  Every step forward seemed to equal one step sideways.  It was like trying to run on ice.  I couldn't tell you how many times I was cross legged during the run. 


After the race.

Scary moments were many for me during this race.  The trail went through the woods complete with logs to jump over, rocks, and poison ivy on trees as you were reaching out to them for support as you were 1/2 sliding 1/2 running on the trail.  I ended up falling a couple of times while in the wooded section of the trail. On one of my falls I skinned up my arm but thankfully nothing serious and no broken bones.  As for the obstacles on the course that was another ball game.  To describe how I feel about heights I have no fear of heights it's the falling that bothers me :-).  There were several obstacles that involved vertical climbs and I was scared to say the least.  Falling was not an option so I psyched myself up to just focus on what I needed to do physically for balance and that helped a lot.

 Thankfully only a little bit of a skinned up arm from a rock.
Mud was everywhere and one slip could mean a broken arm or worse.  In the end I survived with a time of 1 hour 6 minutes and a well deserved cool beverage.  I'm glad I completed the race without any big injuries.  If you are interested in an adrenaline rush by all means try it.  For me once is enough.  This is one of those things I can say I've done. Check. Time to set another goal besides folding the laundry pile.  No matter what! 






1 comment:

  1. ok, but you forgot to expl. the reason for the bizarre hats?? ; ) CONGRATS again!! - mid

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