Running is a dirty job!

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This past weekend a few friends joined my husband and I for our first mud run.  Yes, you read that right, a MUD RUN.  This was the Hog Wild Mud Run just outside of Tampa.  None of us had even done a mud run so this was a great experience for all.  And of course, every run is better with friends.  Here we are pre-race.

The race was great but let me give you a few highlights and lowlights. Let me start with the lows.

*The packet pickup line was LONG. We waitied in line for 1 1/2 hours before giving up and choosing to run witout our timing chips. Didn’t matter to us too much as we were there for the fun of it.  This also meant that by the time we finished they had run out of bags and shirts.  That was a disappointment.

*There were live cows and Longhorns in the same field with the start, the port-o-lets and the food trucks.  Not really a bad thing until stupid guys tried to chase them.  They got lucky the bull ran away.

*There were, of course, obstacles.  That was perk but there were long lines at a few of the obstacles.  We waited for 10 minutes at one before deciding to skip it and then 15 minutes at the next which we wanted to conquer.  They were both climbing walls so we were OK skipping one.  Some of the other obstacles had lines also but not as bad.

*The only other negative was the spacing of the obstacles.  They felt bunched together at the beginning and the end but the middle was kind of flat and hot.  It would have been nice if they were spaced out a bit more.

All of that being said, we had a GREAT time and I can’t wait to do this again.  We have definitely learned a bunch and will be changing up our workouts and our attire to make next time even better.  Here are a few of the highlights…

*We found out that we did not need to wait for our wave to start.  We were not being timed so we walked up to the start, looked at each other, said go and off we went.  It was really nice to not be stuck in a pack.

*The obstacles were a fun challenge.  We climbed fences, waded in rivers, climbed over farm equipment, hay bales and mountains of mud and did a few belly crawls through mud.  How can that not be fun?!

*The other runners were great.  Everyone encouraged each other.  This is not uncommon at all but with every run it reminds me what a great a community we are a part of with runners.

*There was medal.  That always rocks!

I hope this inspires you to go try something new.  A 5K, a mud run, a relay…anything.  And if you think this wasn’t awesome, take a look at our “after” photo.

Like I said, running is a dirty job!