This post has been a long time coming. I participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run in September. Oops. At the time I was kind of on a hiatus from blogging. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is an obstacle course designed for women of all fitness levels. Part of the funding for the race goes towards breast cancer research. the race focuses on providing women with a fun way to step out of their comfort zones. I signed up with a friend as a last minute deal. So we ended with a start time of 8am. Good thing I am a morning person!
The race was two hours away, so I stayed with my brother the night before. I also made sure to carb up with a sweet potato topped with yogurt, sunbutter, and chocolate chips! Not sure if this really helped with the run, but it was tasty! I didn’t sleep very well the night before the race due to nerves-I couldn’t believe I was actually doing this!
We were on way to the race venue at 5:30 am. Unfortunately, it was raining. However, this didn’t end up being much of an issue because rain or no rain, we still would have gotten muddy! The race was being held at a ski resort. We arrived and picked up our race packets, or numbers, tshirt, and necklace. I was under the impression that we would have a whole bag of goodies, but that was a no go.
Before the start of the race the announcers played music and pumped up the crowd. We were all super nervous and cold and just wanted to run! The course started out at a serious incline. My friend and ran on the outside of the crowd and I managed to get ahead of a lot of the other runners.
The first obstacle was a huge, inflated incline. Slippery fun! After the first obstacle, my nerves started to disappear. Because we were in such an early heat, there were very few runners around us. This made going over the obstacles much easier. The other obstacles included walking through mud and water pits, climbing over walls, crawling through mud underneath a net, and climbing over a huge cargo net. The cargo net was the most difficult obstacle for us-we were so nervous about falling! And heights are not my favorite.
Besides a few intense hills, I would say that the run itself was fairly easy. I felt like I was running with a huge grin on my face-I was so happy to be running through the mud and climbing over the obstacles!
At the end of the race we had our picture taken and it was immediately sent to us via text message. Technology is so wonderful! After getting cleaned up we wandered around some of the venues. And purchased some of the Dirty Girl goodies! This may have been my favorite part of the day! I snatched up a new tech running pullover and a sweet beanie. I have a bit of an obsession with all things clothes!
I would definitely recommend participating in a Dirty Girl Run. I would also suggest doing it with a larger group of friends/family-there were all sorts of groups with fun outfits!
Have you participated in a Dirty Girl Run or similar obstacle run before?