It was more of a "bucket list" kind of thing that I wanted to do and just see if I could finish. It was almost a 4 mile course of heavy terrain. 2 ass kicking butt burning bring me to respiratory distress hills and 20 mud pits and obstacles. So what 43 year old former fat girl, cancer survivor, mother of 2 wouldn't jump at the opportunity to humiliate herself in front of thousands of people. But I didn't embarrass myself too much, I finished the course in 1 hour 10 minutes and walked about a mile of the course. It was 90 degrees and I learned a lot about my running and how much of a true novice I am and how much I need to work on.
But the fun parts of the day were just actually getting dirty. I mean really, when do we as moms working or at home just get to get dirty and laugh about it? After 3 showers I think I finally got all the mud and pebbles out of my butt crack. One of the obstacles was crawling throw a pipe under a bridge in the mud, and the only vision I had in my head was Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption escaping from jail crawling through human excrement - well it made me crawl through there really really fast. My favorite part of the course was the down hill slip n' slide. You have to do everything once - right???? So I went diving down hill head first - having a blast.
I got up to this wall to climb up and over and started laughing I was by myself with this pack of 8 guys who were US Marines coming up behind me and they lifted and helped my fat ass over that wall like I was one of them. So that got me going again and I was running to the end of the course and saw my friend Cheryl and her husband cheering me on and that always helps to have a rooting section.
Cheryl has run several half marathons and was about 10 minutes a head of me. So I left the race proud that a 43 year old chubster finished this course that was really tough. I learned that I breath really hard, I guess I don't notice that because of my headphones, it was getting on my nerves.
All in all, I had a great time, I would do it again. In fact September 10 there is a Stand up to Cancer event that is a mud run and we signed up to do it. I do need to work on my fitness and nutrition that was very evident to me after this event, today I am incredibly sore. So I've gotten comfortable with my workouts and now it's time to kick them up a notch and fuel my body better.
But my favorite part of the day was know that this is something a Real Mom would do for fun, this was something that would kick the shit out of a Real Housewife, their false eyelashes might come off.