Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mud Factor 5K

This will be short and sweet, so much that I honestly debated even writing about it. When I registered I had all intentions of fully participating but today that changed, I have two big races soon (including one Sunday) and didn't want to risk injury. This weekend also marked the start of fall and the coldest day we've had in over 6 months. I was not happy about running through cold mud in 40 degree air!

After running 5 miles with my group and a strong internal debate I decide to stop wimping out and go. I can always just run, right? Matt and I somehow managed to get up to the front of our wave which was wonderful since at least 3/4 of the people weren't even running. We were lucky enough to be able to run, I realized this about 1 mile in when I looked back and saw the crowd of walkers and back up at obstacle 1.

Yes, I wimped out of many of the obstacles, many since I knew my numb, gloved hands wouldn't work well to support me and there was no need to risk a fall. Matt on the other hand completed every obstacle and ended mud covered.

Looking back it probably wasn't the smartest idea to plan this the day before a big race and 2 weeks before a marathon, as I climbed the final rope wall I kept thinking what happens if I fall? Maybe next year I'll plan a race like this when I know the weather will be warm and I don't need to worry about  big race following. Don't get me wrong, it was fun, just not the best timing and weather.

Someone else wanted to play in the mud too!

8 comments:

  1. You live and learn huh? Probably a good call not to risk it - but were you satisfactorily muddy?!

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    1. I was actually pretty clean, except my muddy shoes. They decided to stop making mud with the cold weather.

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  2. I definitely agree it was a good call to not risk it since you have a big race coming up. But it still sounds like you had a great time! I want to do a mud run one day!

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    1. It was fun, next time I will plan better :)

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  3. Yikes, not as much fun when it's so cold. Glad you got the experience though:)

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  4. I think that's the biggest reason why I haven't signed up for one of these kinds of races! My husband and I are always racing and if I were to get injured I would be so upset!

    I'm sorry that it was so cold, that's no fun either.

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    1. Same with us, we race pretty much every weekend spring through fall. It is what keeps me motivated :)

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