Fast forward five months. Two weeks before race day, we start cramming to figure out our costumes and start following the race on Facebook. Each week other 'Warrior Dash' races are happening in various cities around the country. I even long on to http://www.warriordash.com/ and look at some of the obstacles and challenges in the races nationwide. And then I pause. I call my BFF and utter these exact words:
WHAT IN THE WORLD DID WE GET OURSELVES INTO?!?
As the next two weeks approached, anticipation of the race rose. News articles were covering it, friends were discussing it, and I really started to get nervous. I mean - really. I am in week 2 of marathon training for my fall Full in October, and I'm risking my healthy and safety for a fun time in the mud?!? Seriously? Then, the day before the race I hear that my friend from high school - who fights for the UFC as a PROFESSIONAL mixed martial artist - is coming up from St. Louis to Chicago to participate in the race. Then possibly at that very moment, I knew I was out of my league :)
Well, not one to leave any registration money on the table or allow any logic, for that fact, stop me from moving forward on something I'm already committed to, I decided no turning back. When the alarm went off at 5:30 Saturday morning, I knew it was time to wake up and run the race.
I caravaned with two friends over to Channahon - leaving town at 6am sharp. Lucky for us, the I-80 construction wasn't too bad yet, but it still took us about 50 minutes to get there. When we arrived at the Dollinger Farms location - boy were we excited!!!
After you stomach the $10 parking (yes - in BFE where you expect ample free parking!) - you quickly realize what all the 'Hype' is about. It's worth it - entirely - and we realize this before the race has event started! The costumes, the facilities, the music - it's all part of a transformation. For a split moment, I think anyone in that area thought they could scale any wall or obstacle. Because, we're warriors - DUH!
As we wait at the start line, some amazing costumes are everywhere we look:
|The Jolly Green Giant!|
|Mario and Luigi!|
- I'm in one of the first groups of day 1.
Here are some great views of the obstacles and events from Saturday:
|Car trample and tire run|
|Horizontal rope climb.|
|A great from the top of the wall...looking down!|
|Climb up and over the barn!|
After all this...we enjoyed running OVER fire and thru the mud...excellent!
|A little 'slippage' while entering the mud pit!|
In the end, all great times were had by all - and we even enjoyed some amazing free beer and a $6 turkey leg...success! We attempted to hose down the mud off of us in a very weak excuse for a water truck, but at least we had some fresh clothes to change into for the drive home. We also donated our running muddy shoes to charity at the end of the race, so that was a nice touch. I'm still wondering how they will clean them all before they ship them to the particular charities!
|Post Mud - Pre 'hose down'!|