Saturday, April 27, 2013
So this morning was my first run ever, the Mud Dog Run in Frederick. Last night I started getting antsy and a little nervous but nothing bad. I have a running joke with myself that since I'm a nervous person I tend to be running on various levels of anxiety and nervousness at any given time LOL. I can generally relax once I am somewhere so I knew I would be fine. The bad thing is when I get nervous I can't eat so this morning I managed to get a protein bar in me.
I was in Wave 2 and my husband in Wave 3. A lot of this had to do with the fact that by the time he answered me that he would do it with me my wave was sold out. I was fine with the idea of running by myself. He kept telling me though he was going to catch me by the 16th obstacle or so. This is coming from the guy who didn't train at all... and still smokes LOL.
I ended up doing it in an hour and 6 minutes which I don't think is bad at all. I ran a 5K distance on dirt road on Wednesday and that was 47 minutes. I also had to wait on the course for at least 5 or so minutes for a wall. I actually did really well with the running part too. I didn't run the entire thing but I was able to run for pretty good stretches through the entire course. I even managed to keep up with what I considered some pretty fit people in my own wave.
Some obstacles were fairly easy...over large logs, under a big tree limb, a few army crawls. There were 3 wall obstacles. The first was a double "A" frame with slats up both sides, the 2nd was the one that blocked up our progress. It was at least 10-12 feet tall with slats straight up the one side and a rope down the other. I don't particularly love heights and I have never climbed anything like this before but I sure as hell wasn't going to not do it. I hate the going over part too LOL. I just made sure to get both feet flat on the other side before going down and I gripped that rope with all I could before I threw my last leg over. The last cargo net was about as tall as the wall I just mentioned and it feels unstable but I just took my time.
Now what I found the hardest: climbing up the other side of the banks of the creek. We crossed the water at least 5 times and because we were wave 2 the other side of the bank had gotten trampled pretty good. Bill told me by the time he crossed the creek near the end with his wave it was near impossible to get up. The banks were quite steep too. I just tried to get to the edge as best I could and as long as I could grip or grab vegetation I could get up. The 2nd to last time we crossed the creek there were ropes to help us but they weren't knotted. I swear I thought I wasn't going to get up it for a moment. It was just one slick muddy mess and luckily a very nice lady gave me a bit of a shove from behind but I used probably all of my upper body strength to get up that because there was little to no footing. It was so slick you couldn't even climb on your hands and knees up it.
Needless to say I was pretty muddy at the end but I had a really good time. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. We aren't sure but I think Bill's time might be pretty close to mine. We will find out in a few days.