Keep my ideals high and my morals intact.
Last weekend, myself and some friends ventured into the backwoods of Pennsylvania to run the Warrior Dash.
And it was awesome! And harder than I thought.
The gist is this: 3.5 miles of rugged terrain full of various obstacles like climbing a cargo net, trudging through waist deep water (it was part of a river or lake), and jumping over fire.
It had been a rainy weekend, so by the 3:30 heat on Sunday afternoon the entire course was nothing but 3-inch thick mud. And that’s only where it wasn’t 8-inch deep mud. I’m amazed no one broke their ankle — or rather, am amazed I didn’t hear that anyone broke their ankle, surely someone must have.
I hadn’t been running in the past few weeks, so I was nervous about the race. Thankfully, my buds – D and R – stuck with me for nearly all of it. (R was the surprise force who ran through that forest like a gazelle on steroids, who knew?!)
My favorite obstacle? The Barricade Breakdown – a series of 4-5 foot walls that you have to get over. I was so proud I could do it and felt like a bad ass, except by the last one, there’s maybe 6 of them, my arms were killing me! Good to know I could outrun the cops if I ever needed to.
I also liked the water obstacles. It was nice to let some of the water do the work, and for whatever reason I was pretty good at making up loss time in these parts.
The jumping over fire, the stampeding across junkyard cars (I totally ran across a BMW!) were also pretty fun.
Least favorite obstacle? Scaling the wall, which is also partially my favorite one because I conquered it. I literally turned a corner in the forest towards the end of the run and just went Ooooh fuck! It’s a 2-story wall with a rope that you have to scale, turn around at the top and climb back down ladder-style. As you may know, I have a fear of heights. So when I got to the top and was straddling the wall, all of a sudden it was like Oooh shit. Mainly, I was worried I would slip climbing back down because everything was so muddy. But I didn’t! I made it down safe and sound and went on with the race.
My official time: 48:38.70 (which isn’t bad considering there were times I was just standing around waiting for my chance to get at the obstacle.) And I did run the whole thing, no walking!
For my gender/age group I was 84 out of 816 = 10%, and overall 1607 out of 6499 = 25%. Not bad for the second foot race of my life. Super cool? The top female finisher came in 26th and was a 15 year old. Damn. Fearless no doubt.
The Warrior Dash is super amazing and everyone should do it at least once. Even though certain things about it are a total rip off — like SportPhoto trying to charge $20 for a ONE digital image or WarriorDash not having any medals to give out to the Sunday afternoon participants (really, I paid $60 to do this race and you can’t give me a cheesy piece of plastic?)
Normally, I’m not into these sorts of things, but I guess I’m just in the right mood today.
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I’ve been known to rock some video games, particularly the fighting games. See, unlike some people, when I’m rocking Panda into a Deadly Claw attack, it’s no button-mashing mistake.
When my brother-in-law told me that he had Xbox Kinect – which lets you fight using your body instead of a controller – I was all about it. He had this game Fighting Uncaged. It was a lot of punching and kicking and dodging. It was awesome and after about 30 minutes, I was seriously sweaty and tired.
Then my brother-in-law pulled out some boxing/weight/martial arts gear and he showed me a bunch of defensive moves. Now, I’m hoping I get attacked because I think I could mess someone up/defend myself as long as I keep a cool head. Hmm… it’s probably not a good idea to tell the Internet, “I hope I get attacked.” Ha.
Me in all my gladiator gear (and knee socks lol).
Today’s been a really good day lol.
I just ran 5 miles, which also happens to be the farthest that I have run in my entire life at once. Yeaaaa me.