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Warrior Dash Craziness

Three events in 28 days. This past Saturday I completed my final event in this triad of epic-ness. I started out with the Epic Mud Run, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and finished with Warrior Dash.
Warrior Dash was by far the best out of the three. I loved the course. It was so cross country like. The gravelly trail was awesome and consisted of twists and turns, ups and downs. Along the way there were statutes of animals/dinosaurs hidden among the shrubbery. Is a dinosaur an animal? There were also poster boards with motivating comments that I found quite amusing. “We won’t tell anyone you cried.” “Or that time you watched the Titanic.” “Don’t let Ted from the office beat you.” Winking smile

What I liked about this event was that you were able to get about a little over a mile of running out of the way before hitting the brunt of the obstacles. Before the event, I was worried about not being capable of completing the obstacles, mostly the ones requiring upper body strength. I sold myself too short. I breezed through them and on a couple ones, wished I could go back and do them again. The ones that dealt with climbing up walls and ropes were my favorite.

This was considered a mud run but there wasn’t really any mud right until the end. I didn’t mind that one bit. The mud was cool and refreshing toward the end.

Jumping over fire at the end–passage to warrior-hood–was the highlight of the course. Open-mouthed smile I thought my feet were going to be charred off but the fire just felt mildly warm as my feet grazed over it. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to get any sweet pics of that action.

I did get plenty post-run pics, of course!
I didn’t get as muddy as I should’ve but maybe next year. Winking smile

Best part post-run was getting the mud hosed off by a fire hose. The water was ice cold at first but you eventually got used to it if you stayed in the stream long enough. It did a good job of getting rid of all the mud. I was so cold afterward, though!

I had a great weekend around the St. Louis area after this event. I got to hang out with friends and got a delicious/expensive dinner out of this Warrior Dash Weekend.
On top of that, I am now deemed a warrior. Check out the hat and medal. Winking smile

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Upcoming Happiest 5K Ever…

It’s Friday. Awesome. It’s actually not that exciting for me because I don’t have any fun plans for the weekend. Just work…at both of my jobs. Lame.

Next weekend is mine, though. I get to run the Color Run in Kansas City next week! I’m SO EXCITED about it and literally counting down the days until the run, as you can see by the countdown on my sidebar. Open-mouthed smile

I got an email early this morning about the pre-race info and got all pumped up for it all over again. I felt like going out and running 5 5k’s!

Did you catch that “Kansas City will be the BIGGEST Color Run event [that’s ever been] had!?!” I did. So stoked and so glad that I’m going to be a part of that huge group along with Kyle.

This will be my second 5k. I ran my first one back in March of ’09 and did really good for a first race without really even training for it. I placed 3rd in the female age group of 18-21. I had just turned 18 the month before, actually, and the thought of competing against 21 year olds was so intimidating. I beat them out, though, cause that’s what I do. Winking smile

With my handsome brother who also placed in the male division.

Regaining my humility, now, I feel like the 2 years since that first race have affected my performance and running capabilities. I have bad runs and good runs like all runners, but I feel like most of them are bad ones. That may just be me being my own worst critic but it’s a not-so-good feeling.

The Color Run is known to be the “Happiest 5k on the planet.” That’s so adorable, right? Doesn’t it look like these ladies are happy? Open-mouthed smile

The run isn’t timed because time doesn’t matter–you’re just supposed to have fun. Time always matters to me, though. My bad, but I can’t shake that–probably never will. I’m so competitive with myself. Honestly, if I weren’t running this with Kyle–who told me about the run–I’d be focusing on completing the 5k with a goal time in mind.

I know I’ll be running it at a slower pace than I’m used to so Kyle and I can reach the finish line together. I’m alright with that, though. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t trained hard for anything like this probably since he graduated high school, so it’s cool to see him working as hard as he has for this run. This being his first 5k! Aww yeah! I’m glad I’m gonna be able to share that with him. Hopefully he gets hooked and we can compete together in all sorts of races in the future. That’s not too much to ask for, right? Although, running can be quite expensive. Those entry fees are no joke.

Maybe it’s love…

There are races all through August so go to the Color Run website and check for a city near you. Definitely consider it! I haven’t ran it yet but I know it’s gonna be a run to remember!

Have a good weekend–one better than mine! Winking smileThumbs up

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