As the months wore on, I worked out at the gym (my favorite class is Body Pump) & started adding some treadmill Couch-to-5K to the mix. (I pretty much loathe running. Have never been good at it - like the benefits of it, but have never learned how to breathe properly. So I took it slow, and was pretty pleased with my progress.)
About a month before the Mudderella, though, I somehow thought, "Hey, self, you should look at the pictures on the website again." All of a sudden, I got super nervous & almost completely anxiety-ridden. I felt ridiculous because I'm nearly 34-years-old. Who does this? Who lies awake at night worrying about a race that's supposed to be fun? So I told Jared that I was feeling this way and, sweet husband that he is, he decided to sign up too, so he could support me.
The race was awesome. The obstacles section that I was worried about was THE best part of the Mudderella. Running uphill - well, I wasn't prepared for that. I was a bit frustrated that all my treadmill training didn't really prepare me, but I guess I know for next time. Overall, I had a fun date with my husband (whom I never see, by the way); I got to know some ladies from my church better (at least - I watched them & admired their crazy strength); I spent some money on a worthwhile charity, and, best of all, I proved to myself that I'm stronger than I think I am.
It was pretty fun.
(Find me an obstacles-only course, and I'm there. Right now.)
My teammate Sue's husband Dave was a champ & sprinted & took pictures along the way.
(My pictures are totally out of order, but you get the idea about my experience.)
|Our team, all muddied up.|
|Sarah & Sue. (Aren't my friends pretty? Even after all that mud?)|
|Climbing up to the last obstacle - top hat.|
|I have no idea who these women are. I just liked the picture Dave took. |
Somehow climbing over walls feels empowering.
|Running uphill to begin.|
|Taking a selfie with one of the trainer ladies who was getting us hyped up to go...|
|I love my husband. He's such a good sport.|
|These women were running rock stars.|
|I began just running down hill.|
Was my joke.
|One of the muddier obstacles. |
Jared dove right in. I was a little more timid about it, initially.
|I'm not quite sure what I'm doing with my hand here...|
but I like this picture.
|Carrying Jared uphill.|
|I'm pretty proud of all those squats & dead lifts I've been doing.|
Hard work's paid off.
|More of the course.|
|Down dirty dog obstacle.|
|Underground tunnel obstacle.|
|Dave caught a moment between me & the husband.|
I don't get to see him much, okay?
(And it's rare we're alone anymore.)
|Steph & Sue slipped in. |
I couldn't stop laughing.
|And my expression pretty much sums it up. SO. Disgusting (in my shoes).|
|After that, it just became hilarious.|
|And a game to keep mud out of my contacts.|
|I kept marveling at these women & their strength.|
(And running prowess.)
|The latter part of the top hat obstacle - where you slide down into a pit of muddy water. |
It was terrifying to me. I don't swim.
Or go down hugely tall water slides.
|Amazing action shot.|
|Me & Jared at the finish (after sliding down into a pit of filthy, muddy water). |
I look horrible here, but I don't really care.
All I wanted was a shower, some Aloe Vera (worst sunburn ever), & something to drink.