I’m a Warrior!

Before and After!
Before and After!

Saturday morning, I did the Warrior Dash! It was a blast and I’ve got to warn you that there are A LOT of photos in this post. In fact, I could just let the photos speak for themselves, but I like to talk, so I won’t. Remember the Mud Run I did about a month ago? Well, the Warrior Dash totally kicks that run’s muddy little butt. We had the best time!

We put on some Warrior tattoos from Tattify to look the part.
We put on some Warrior tattoos from Tattify to look the part.

tattify

First of all, the are like 5 million people (give or take a few) at the race. Everyone is pumped up on adrenaline, caffeine, beer and turkey legs. Before the race, we picked up our tees, viking hats and numbers. We roamed around the many tents and admired the many people in costumes. There was an intense band playing, not my style, but whatever. It was also pretty chilly, but I knew we’d warm up once we started running, so I wasn’t too concerned. There was so much energy and excitement that it was impossible to not be totally pumped up for the run.

Our pre-race faces
Our pre-race faces

The race began with the biggest flippin’ hill… “moderately hilly” my ass. There were quite a few hills at the beginning, but it spread everyone out which was nice. We made our way to the front and managed to stay there throughout the race. I guess all that P90X and running is paying off!

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I SWEAR this hill was so much steeper than it looks.
I SWEAR this hill was so much steeper than it looks.

There were 12 obstacles in this race, 12 real obstacles. They were much better than the obstacles in the Mud Run, but not super challenging. I’d still like to do a race with more intense obstacles, but these were fun and doable. I think anyone could do this race. Sure, not everyone can run the entire time or easily get through the obstacles, but they can do it. There were people of every shape, size and fitness level participating which is kind of amazing. For some, it was a test of their abilities, for others it was the start of a new lifestyle. For everyone, it was a muddy day of craziness.

trenches shocktop unfiltered

 

One very cool quality I noticed in the race was the “teamwork” attitude everyone had while running. Several people got scared and even stuck at the top of various obstacles. Everyone around that person would do whatever they could do help. Some would offer an encouraging work, others would lend a hand and everyone else would cheer them on until they completed the obstacle. It was such a positive and friendly atmosphere. There were a few obstacles that required waiting in line because there were so many people trying to complete it, but it wasn’t annoying. We were having too much fun to be upset about waiting a few minutes.

roast mayhem

 

warrior peak

 

The craziest obstacle was definitely Goliath. This involved several cargo nets, climbing, crawling, a very long wet slide and a drop into a deep muddy pool. Straight up craziness.

goliath crawl slide

that face...
that face…
we look like soaked puppes
we look like soaked puppies

One hour later, the race was over. I’m guessing it would have taken 45 minutes if there was no waiting in lines. We got metals, water and felt pretty dang proud.

finish

The festival atmosphere remained for hours after we finished the race, but it was so hard for me to enjoy any of it because it was FREEZING. We tried to shower in the sprinkler system they had set up, but the wind was blowing so hard that it was near impossible to clean off. We ended up stripping behind towels and putting dry clean clothes over our muddy bodies. Warrior Dash Team, if you’re listening, I suggest setting up two tents (one for each sex) for people to change in after the race.

trying to shower
trying to shower
SO COLD
SO COLD

I would totally do the race again. If you haven’t done the Warrior Dash yet, then do yourself a favor and sign up! (Just click here!)

all done

Cheers!

Apparently I Like to Run

I’ve created a monster.

running

 

We ran the Mud Run two weeks ago, which inspired us to sign up for a local 6k last weekend. Now, we are signed up for the Warrior Dash in a few weeks and already looking into holiday runs, more obstacle runs and even Disney Runs. (OMG, Did you know there is a Princess run???) Anyways, last Saturday was the Heroes in Recovery 6k (weird distance, right?) and it was the first run where I didn’t feel like death at the end. In fact, I enjoyed the run. I felt awesome at the finish!

start

This race had zero obstacles, yet it was a hell of a lot more fun than the Mud Run we recently ran. The cool, breezy slightly misty weather certainly made for a pleasant run, but the whole experience was so positive that I am certain we will be running it again next year. I’ve narrowed it down to 5 reasons why the Heroes in Recovery kicks the Mud Run’s butt.

1. Pre-race shenanigans. Before the race started we enjoyed walking around the tents set up nearby. There were local gyms, stores and groups advertising and giving away free passes, t-shirts and selling cute merchandise. We got some cute free tanks for warming up on some rowing machines. There was also music playing and a stage set up where a local jazzercise group taught a few routines. It was the perfect way to warm-up. Everyone was silly, dancing and just having a good time. Fruit, bagels, trail mix, coffee and water were also available for everyone for no extra cost. Everything was well-organized and geared towards pumping the crowd up to run/walk.

jazzercise

2. Scenic route. The race was held in Leiper’s Fork which is a gorgeous part of town. We ran up and down hills, through the woods, past farms and wide open fields and around cows, horses and llamas. The race was never boring.

horses view cows

3. Cheerleaders. Everyone working, volunteering, watching and running was so enthusiastic and supportive. Before we started everyone pumped each other up, warmed up together and lined up excitedly. During the race we cheered for the people passing us and encouraged the ones behind us, as did everyone else. Volunteers on the side handed out water and constantly told us “great job!” At the finish line we were completely bombarded with people screaming, cheering and telling us how fantastic we are. We were handed metals as our chips were taken (that’s right, we got chips in this race). We also got water, more snacks and lots of praise. All of the love and support made us feel like heroes. In fact, it was so fun and encouraging that after we finished we stuck around to the end to cheer on everyone else running/walking the race.

4. After party. Once the race was over, the party continued. We were not rushed away and immediately sent home. The tents remained opened, a band played music, people snapped photos and everyone continued celebrating their accomplishments.

5. A sense of community. Heroes in Recovery is a movement started by Foundations Recovery Network and the those who are in recovery from addiction and mental illness. They want to break the stigma that surrounds substance abuse and mental health disorders and keeps millions of people from seeking help. They put together events like this 6k to create a sense of community, and they did a perfect job. Everyone was working together, supporting one another and behaving like neighbors. We were all coming together for a good cause and doing something active and positive together.

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Besides these 5 reasons, the Heroes in Recovery 6k also offered free pics and free parking. We are definitely doing htis again next year. Aanndddd probably several other races in between. Any suggestions?

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Cheers!