Comfort Zone

Warrior Dash & Battlescars

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As mentioned, I ran the Xtreme Muck Ruck on September 8th.  The following week was the Warrior Dash in Walker, MI.  A while back, there was a Groupon for it and I didn’t snag it fast enough before it sold out.  I figured it isn’t meant to be.  Then after the Muck Ruck, I joined the Warrior Dash Facebook page where I found a woman who couldn’t use her registration.  For a discounted price, she transferred the registration to my name, I paid her via Paypal and voila!  I was registered for the 3:30 wave of the Warrior Dash.

I went solo, because Scott had to work and everyone else was sick or had plans who I asked.  Here I am getting ready…

This race was 3.31 miles.  I finished in 1:06:59.  Not a terrible time, especially since I had to wait in line on a few of the obstacles.  I was in the bottom half of finishers but I don’t run to win.  I run for the fun of it and to beat my own personal goals.

The obstacles were similar to the previous race, like crawling under barbed wire through mud.  The hardest was climbing over wide floating  buoys in water too deep to touch the bottom.  I swallowed a good amount of nasty lake water and my upper body strength is poor.

There were a few pictures of me in the race photos, and here is the best one where  I had just gone through the mud under barbed wire.

I asked another participant to take a picture for me after the race…

The drive home literally stunk.  I smelled like stinky lake water.  The showers provided at the Dash didn’t really get me very clean.  I just wrapped myself in a towel on the way home and took my clothes off in the shower.

Doing mud runs on two consecutive weekends tore up my body.  I have bruises all over my arms, thighs and calves.  I only took a couple of pictures.

Poor lighting when I took this, but you get the point.  This is before they all turned blue, purple and black.
I even had a scrape on my stomach and I was wearing a tank top.

I definitely recommend obstacle/mud races if you want to break up the monotony of plain old running.  The obstacles make it super fun and the sense of accomplishment when you reach the finish line is stellar.  I’m so impressed by what my body can do when I decide to DO something.  It’s thrilling!

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Xtreme Muck Ruck: Race Day

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The first wave was at 10:00 on Saturday and I was in it.  I think there were maybe 30-40 people in it.  This was the first year the Xtreme Muck Ruck was held.  The participant count ended up being around 250 people for the day.  Not very many by Warrior Dash standards, but I’m sure it will grow when people find out how AWESOME the course was.

Pre-race.

If you want to check out the video I made of the race, here it is…

I have a few obstacle photos, but most of them were way back in the woods on trails that I didn’t want to re-explore after the race.

Went up the 20′ middle section in the rain!
The water slide was so fun!
The Bug Zapper… there are tons of small nylon ropes with stainless steel wire hanging all the way across to shock you.
I made it!

I had a blast doing this race and Scott decided that he definitely wanted to do it next time too.

This race was a fundraiser for Homes For Our Troops, so the medal was fitting.

After I cleaned up, we watched some other racers go through the bug zapper and spent some time with other campers.  Met some great people that I hope to see at future races!

The next morning, we cooked breakfast, packed up camp and leisurely drove home.  Scott kept the speedo at 55 – UNBELIEVABLE.  So relaxing and what a gorgeous trip… can’t get enough Pure Michigan…

On the road… this state is beautiful. Pure Michigan.

Comfort Zone

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If you have checked out my Goal page, you will notice that I have only finished one so far.  The purpose of the goal list is to keep me working toward something and to get me out of my comfort zone to try new things.

I crossed off the first goal when I ran my first 5k on August 18th after 3 weeks of training with my friend, Kathy.  I immediately followed it up with my second 5k the following weekend; setting me on my way to completing ten 5k runs in the next year.

This weekend, I will be able to cross two goals off my list!

Scott and I are leaving first thing Friday morning for Honor, MI.  I will be kayaking (for the first time) down the Platte River, which ends at Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan.  How gorgeous will that trip be?!

I made kayaking a goal because I don’t particularly like rivers or lakes.

After kayaking, we’ll be heading over to Copemish to set up camp for the Xtreme Muck Ruck on Saturday morning.  4 miles of running and obstacles:  crawling through mud under barbed wire, scaling a wood slate wall, over 200 foot slide into 6 feet of mud and something called a bug zapper (just to name a few.)

This will be so far out of my comfort zone that I’ll be practically falling off the map.  If you know me even a little, you would know that I dislike dirty things, being dirty and even the smell of mud.  No doubt, I will certainly be covered head to toe in mud… like this guy.

From Xtreme Muck Ruck’s FB page.

Definitely pummeling my comfort, but I can’t wait for the feeling at the end.  That feeling of doing something you never thought possible.  It’s so empowering.

Have you made any goals to push your limits?  Have you already accomplished some?

I’d love to hear from you, dear readers… if you are there. 🙂