Time to Dash

All right.  So it was 9:00 am and Lindsey and I watched the first wave of dashers run off.  Then we started to look around.  This was a big mistake.  You see, the start is right by the finish.  And the finish is also the final obstacle.  The mud.pit.obstacle.  This is what we saw:

That was the entrance into the mud pit.  Kinda steep, right?  And soft.

And that’s the mud you had to swim/crawl through (and that’s barbed wire stretched across).

Oh, and that’s the mud slip-n-slide that you get to go down after you’ve made it through the pit.  I didn’t realize you’d go about 50 mph down the thing.  I almost had a heart attack.

We saw this obstacle before we started the race.  It was at this time that we almost backed out.  But, before we could run away, it was 9:30 am and time for us to take off…through the forest.  Fortunately, there were like a billion people so you couldn’t really go that fast and there were a lot of steep hills (so it was easy to get stuck behind walkers…we were happy to blame our slowness on them).  We reached the first obstacle within about 10 minutes.

While I was brave enough to take my camera along, I (unfortunately) didn’t take that many pictures.  Next time, I will take many more.  I kept the camera in a ziplock bag shoved in my sports bra.  Sexy, I know. I did manage to take pictures of people going over logs in the water, though.  Hilarious!

I love this picture because you can see that person’s legs are almost vertical in the air!!  Hardcore.

In this obstacle, you basically trudge through the mud and water and then try to hurl yourself over the logs.  The best part is seeing the peeps’ asses in front of you as they go over.  Again, I apologize to everyone stuck behind me.  I’m sure that was not a pretty sight.

After completing this, we got out of the water, ran through tires and over cars and headed to a bridge.  Again, there was a back-up of people and we kind of had to wait for the bridge to clear before we could head over.  Most people stood there and talked about how much water they swallowed while going over the logs.  Umm, sick.

We completed about a billion more obstacles and ran up (okay, we mostly walked up) and down steep f-ing hills.  I finally took another picture of the obstacle where we had to climb these huge steps and then go down a fireman pole.  You can tell the mass of people has thinned out a lot by this point.

I was fine with the steps, but I was afraid I would basically slam into the ground going down the pole because the pole was so slippery.  I gripped that f*cker as hard as I could (that’s what she said) and held on for dear life.  Fortunately, my legs didn’t snap in half when I reached the ground.  And we were off once again.

We didn’t keep track of the obstacles, but we knew we were toward the end when we reached the cargo net.

I never thought I’d be so happy to see a cargo net!  After scaling up and down that thing, we only had to climb a steep hill, jump over some fire and go through the mud pit!  Those were the best 5 minutes EVER.  By the time we reached the mud pit, we did not even care about jumping in.  And remember don’t dive into a mud pit.

Thank god there was a sign because I’ve always wanted to dive headfirst into a mud pit.  Whatever.  So we made it through and even though it looks like I ate mud…

I did not.  And look!  We’re still smiling!!  Even with mud in our necks.

So, so nice.  Oh yeah, and our shoes…

…were basically a mud bath for our feet.  It was FANTASTIC!

Stayed tuned: one of the best obstacles happened after the race!

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11 Responses to Time to Dash

  1. Diane says:

    Wow! That looks like fun AND hard work!

  2. Jamie says:

    I actually think that looks like a lot of fun!

  3. Emily says:

    I can’t believe you brought your camera! Love the play by play … although it really sucks you couldn’t dive head first into the mud pit!

  4. Sabrina says:

    Love your blog! You crack me up every time! This race looks like a lot of fun! Just curious- are the clothes and shoes done for after this? Or do you just hose them down and throw them in the wash? Seems good to know in case I grow big enough cojones to try a race like this:).

  5. Jessica says:

    I have already looked to see when they are coming to Northern California next year! I am SO in! This looks like a blast!

  6. hairenvy says:

    Love the pics! My client raced in one of those too. I was asked to do it, but was WAY too chicken, and TOO FAT lol. Anyways, looks like you had a good time! Maybe i’ll try when I’m skinny so my fanny doesn’t get stuck up in the air on my way over the logs 🙂

  7. My friend DID dive into the mud pit and totally came up with a split forehead! There were guys walking all over WD Colorado (last year) with blood running down their faces because they didn’t have your same common sense 🙂

  8. Kristie Briddell says:

    First of all, you are funny as hell! After I read your post about the Warrior Dash, I talked a few friends into doing it at an upcoming event in October. I am so excited and kinda scared. How the hell did you get home in your friend’s car with all the mud? I am imagining some kind of industrial sized hose that just erases the mud and every memory made in the trench at WD 😉

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