Four months ago, my friend suggested we try the Warrior Dash a 5k challenge – a mix of obstacle courses, running and a lot of mud. Sounds great right? OY sounded scary, especially to someone like me who had NEVER run a day in my life. It was no secret that I HATED running and had no desire to start.
But, in preparation for the first “race” event of my life, I decided I best start training. My first thoughts were “well I workout 5 times a week, I should be all good right?” WRONG! Even after 4 months of hardcore training and running 3 times a week, nothing could prepare me for the never ending hills of this race. In fact, I only really found out the day before that the Warrior Dash would have us running UP a ski hill.. I’m not going to lie, I was scared.
We got there and nerves were kicking in, along with a little excitment. We of course had to snap the first of many fun pics of our Warrior Team!
Let me introduce you to my team: My friend Vicky a marathon runner, her hubby Adam an IronMan and my hubs Eren who is fit as a fiddle… and moi! Can you say weak link?!
We set off and spent the next 3 miles going up and down hills. Actually was more like up, up and more up the ski hill!
We also did all the required obstacle courses like jumping over walls, crawling under barbed wire, scaling cargo nets and let’s not forget swimming our way through a very deep pit of MUD under barbed wire!
Those who think they can avoid the mud on the Warrior Dash are wrong. I must admit the mud was actually quite refreshing after 54 minutes of scorching heat and hills. Did I mention the hills were never ending?!
The best is the fireman hosing the crowd down after. Boy, that mud gets everywhere and I mean everywhere!
All nice and clean we were ready for the after party – a mix of warrior bands, drinks, food and of course the required beer tent. Thousands of excited Warriors (many of which dressed up in hysterical costumes) all sharing in the fact that they too survived the Warrior Dash.
All in all, I have to say I had a blast. I was so worried that I couldn’t do this challenge, but after some much needed water down my back I was reenergized and found myself laughing and having a ton of fun! My team was encouraging, supportive and most of all proud of me for surviving my very first race. I have to give props to my hubs who insisted on staying by my side every moment. He could have raced far faster up those hills but he was so happy to be sharing this challenge together.
Would I do this again? Hell ya!
Every once in a while you need to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. This was mine and I walked away feeling pretty darn proud of myself.
Have you had a moment like this? What has been your most recent challenge and how did you overcome it?