Last Saturday, I did a legitmate fun race. Similar (I guess) to something like a color run, or an obstacle course run, I did a “mud run”. Dad and I decided to do it in the team division.
For an 8k (roughly 5 miles) we finished in 59:50. Not only that, but I was sore as crap the next day. It was a painful long run to pull me into my necessary mileage.
Did I have an awesome time?
Rewind to the beginning of the race. Dad and I got there and were in heat 4 because we were doing it as a team. We even made sweet singlets. As a more “fun race” it was geared to another crowd of people. People who don’t normally run. People who thought for their first ever running experience they would run on unpacked sand and run 5 miles. People who didn’t realize if you are going to walk…stay to the outside…
Running on the beach was no joke. Dad and I made some good gains though and passed a few people. Then we had to run up some dunes (which I tried to snap photos of LOL..running and taking photos is hard)
The next two miles just wound around sand dunes. I didn’t mind-it was just rough on the calves. By rough, I mean I was quite sore.
Then around mile 2, we progressed more into the trail area into some mud running. There was about 1-2 feet standing water (dirt water) so run, wade, do what you feel through. This portion allotted for blisters since your shoes were now muddy and wet and then filled with sand.
We also had to climb through some weird tube thing. I don’t know what this was but I’m pretty sure I got stuck…
Then through more sand. Really this should have been called the sand run…I think we are at about mile 4.5 now. Finally, the last part was crawling through more mud. Upon exiting the “mud shoot”, we could see the finish line.
I glanced down at my watch and noticed with .1 to go we were at 59:10. So dad and I put out our kick and finished the race in 59:50. Just under an hour for five miles.
We had such a blast and races like this are so much fun.
Question for you:
Have you ever done a “mud run”?
Have you ever run as a team?
I’ve never done a mud or team run but one of the guys yesterday at my gym was trying to get me to. We have a lot of them here. It looks like you guys had fun doing it and sometimes it’s fun to do a race just for fun or as a team, you still had a great time for it to be mud and obstacles!
You look really tan in all these pictures… just sayin
I’ve been working outside all summer. Thanks!
super cute pics.. I wanna do a mud run!
I love how active your dad is and that you can bond over races! Quite jealous 🙂 This looks super tough though!
Teehee-my dad was the one who got me into running in the first place! He was a collegiate swimmer actually too (but a sprinter…gross) and then took up running in his late 20s or so. 🙂
I have to ask, what place did you guys get?
I’m not sure. We got somewhere around 50th place for teams out of 150.
The first 10K I ever did had a mile on sand, and I thought my legs might drop off at some points. You and your Dad make a fantastic team – my Dad tried to teach me to play golf with him once but I was about as useless at it as he is at running 😉 So I don’t think we’d make the best of teams. We can always cheer each other on from the sidelines at our respective sports.
Love the photos of you two though – you’re clearly on a mission!
teehee-my dad actually got me into running. Gosh, if my dad tried to teach me golf it would not be good for either of us! LOL
I love that your dad always does races with you!! This looks like a ton of legit fun and I’d totally be sore too haha.
Looks like fun! It’s nice your dad is able to do that with you. I did the PA Tough Mudder in April…it was a blast!
Running on the beach is tough! Really tough, good job!
I did the Warrior Dash before (not hard) and Race the Reaper. Both of them are obstacle courses that are muddy. I love it. Those are the best kind of races.
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