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.

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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.

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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!

Everything You Need to Know About the Warrior Dash

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Today, is one week since the minor surgery I mentioned a few posts back, which means I got my stitches out and the okay to workout as normal. Just in time too…the Warrior Dash is this Saturday! OMG, I am SO pumped! Also, a little disappointed that I had to take a week off so close to the race, but it’s cool, I still have a few more days to get ready. Speaking of getting ready…I recently got to have a little question and answer session with one of the awesome Red Frog employees. I believe her official title is “adventurologist”. Hmmm, that sounds like a job for me…

Anyways, Red Frog Events is the company that created the Warrior Dash and several other just as cool events. They’re actually one of the best places to work. Their meetings take place in a tree house, they have foosball tables in the office, free soda, beer and snacks, a gym that is available to employees at any time, not to mention full coverage insurance, unlimited vacation days, one “work from home” day a week, paid parental leave and more, so much more! Forget being a stay-at-home Mom I’m moving to Chicago and working for Red Frog!

Okay, sorry, got a little off topic, but I couldn’t not share that info. That’s crazy, right?!  Anyways, back to the Warrior Dash. So, I chatted with Lauren, the “adventurlogist” (I’m so stealing that title) and she gave me the scoop on what to expect this weekend.

What’s the best way to train for a Warrior Dash?

Be prepared to run, duck, climb and crash through a course that will test every muscle in your body, but make sure you save enough energy to refuel with a massive turkey leg! Each course varies across the country, so we suggest Warriors are able to run or jog a 5K distance and prepare with basic strength and conditioning. Of course, participants who would like to walk the course are always welcome, as we encourage all fitness levels to participate in the event.

What are the most challenging/scary obstacles?

Goliath is our newest and most challenging obstacle. As the largest obstacle in its history, Goliath features balancing on a beam one-story above a water pit before climbing two stories to the top of a water slide. 

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Who can do the Warrior Dash?

Warrior Dash welcomes athletes of all abilities to challenge themselves on the course and become a Warrior. It is an event for everyone, a day where participants get to challenge themselves, be active and get muddy.

I recently ran a Mud Run that was very anticlimactic…no cheering at the finish, no party, no excitement. What can I expect at the end of the Warrior Dash?

You can expect to be cheered on through the finish by a roaring crowd of spectators, volunteers and staff as you conquer Goliath, jump over fire and crawl through the mud. After you receive your medal, the festival area awaits where you can celebrate with beer and a turkey leg.

Can friends and family watch and take photos?

Absolutely! We encourage Warriors to bring their family and friends, as anyone can enjoy the festivities for free.

What percentage of people do you think complete every obstacle?

The majority of our Warriors complete every obstacle. However, there is always an option to skip an obstacle, if you are not comfortable completing it.

What if I get hurt?

We take the safety of everyone on site at our events very seriously. Each of our race directors work with our operations team, local officials and a medical team for several months prior to each race in order to assess and determine on-site safety precautions and procedures. This includes if individuals get injured on the course. We always have a fully-staffed medical tent on-site and medical staff at each obstacle.

Do we get photos of the race?

Yes, free photos are available the week following the race for each runner. Registered runners will receive an email when they are posted.

About how long will it take to finish?

It takes an average of 25-35 minutes, depending on the difficulty level of the course.

Any tips for a newbie like myself?

Get ready for the craziest frickin day of your life!

Anyone else feeling super excited?! Oh, and good news, if you haven’t signed up for the Warrior Dash here in Nashville, well Pulaski,  there’s still time. Just click here. Then, tell me that you will be there and we high-five each other and cheers our beers after we cross the muddy finish line!

Can’t wait to share the photos this weekend!

Cheers!