My Warrior Dash Experience Nor Cal

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The Warrior Dash,  yes this was one of those events on my “to do” list.  Well I did it and my experience was memorable.  *This event was done last October and with the next one coming up, I figured what a great time to share this.*  As usual, I had the hubby up at the crack of dawn to join me on the day’s venture.  This day was different than other race/event days, today I had our oldest son and his {then} girlfriend join us.  Trying to get two 20 something year old kids up before the sun rises is a task in itself.  We managed to wrangle ourselves into the car with breakfast bars and coffee and we were off.  The drive to the location was about 2 hours from the house, so we were settled in.

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A quick stop along the way to pick up a gal friend of mine and back on the road.  This Warrior Dash  sure had better be worth it all.

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All checked in and ready and waiting for our “wave time”.  Word on the front line was that “the first mile and half is “killer”.  “Pace yourself and be ready, there are hills”.  What?  Hills?  Phew, big deal we can totally do this.  No problem.

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So I had my son, his girlfriend and my pal Anelica with me, the hubby stays back and takes photos and chills with Stryker.  I remember telling our son that I was super jazzed he was doing this with me and that I was hoping we could stay together {somewhat} at least for the first mile or so.

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Yep, we were off and things were going great.  Oh wait, hold on, what?  Really?  There goes my son, not even looking back at his mother, the woman who brought him into this world, the mom who got him a ticket for this race, the mom who does her best to stay fit and active so she can stay young enough to do cool thing like this with her kids.  It is going to be a long walk back to the car for him.

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Okay so they were NOT joking when they said the first half of this was tough!  Holly hills.  Wow, I was just wiped out, crazy hard and we had not even hit the obstacles yet.

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I remember running and just kept looking forward thinking I would see my son not far in front of me.  That I was actually almost keeping up with him.  NOPE, no site of him.  My head kept saying he would turn and stop and wait up, that he would think something on the lines like “my mom is so cool, she is rockin this”, “I am going to wait and help her”.  Yeah I was dreaming.

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Apparently, my son was doing just fine as he passed my hubby and gave a “thumbs up”, with girlfriend in tow {I got her a ticket also}.  Thank goodness I came across a very friendly and helpful group along the way.  They were very happy to have taken me in along their journey {they must have felt sorry for me}.

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The monkey bars were approaching and we had already been past the halfway mark and feeling tired.  I knew my arms were not strong for these, the last time I had crossed monkey bars were too far back to recall.  This was going to be one of those times when I would be kicking myself for not doing enough arm work.

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Seriously? It took about 10 mins {okay maybe more} to talk me into completing this obstacle.  I was faced with something that was “too hard” and I wanted to quit and pass it up.  I stood on the ledge having a baby tantrum {yes, yes I did} and just stood my ground.  No way was I making it all the way across.  It took some tough love talk from my girlfriend {curse words were involved} and before I knew it, I was taking those damn bars on and winning.  Having that support from a friend is everything.

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Now to get over the fire.

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Oh my the mud pit.  I have had my share of these in the past.  Wait, I got closer and stopped.  This was not your average “mud run” pit.  No, this looked like something that was going to eat my legs off.  This was going to be gross.

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I have no idea what this mud was made of and I did not want to know.  I have NEVER been through a mud pit like this.  Kudos to the Warrior Dash.  This was sludge, heavy, thick, gooey, sludge.  Did I say “heavy”?  Every step, I swear I thought I was not getting my leg back out.  I had visions of some kind of mud creature in there just waiting for us.

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Oh, in case I forget to mention ….wear the crappiest pair of shoes you own for this event and don’t bother bringing them back home.

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We did it!  Completed the entire race {maybe not together} but united at the end.  My son knows just how to work his charm.

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What a long day and great experience.  Thank goodness we packed plastic bags for all the clothes and towels and clean clothes.  The “young ones” napped on the way home and I was one happy mom.

Have you done a Warrior Dash?
Where was the location?Would you do another one?
Do you have an obstacle that is more difficult for you than another?

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  1. Fun! I love the WD events. Makes you feel like a beast!

  2. I did a similar race this summer-so much fun but a lot dirtier than I thought. Those monkey bars are a killer. Never could do those in elementary school either!

  3. Warrior Dash was my first mud run / ocr. It got me hooked!
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  4. I love this post! Looks like the race was a blast and oh that mud!!! I have never done an obstacle race. I am totally afraid I would hurt myself. Love that your son worked his charms at the end to make up for taking off with his girlfriend 🙂
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  5. Warrior Dash is definitely on my list! It comes back in January to my area, so I’m hitting it then! And I LOVE your pics! Soupy gooey mud is my favorite thing 🙂 Any upper body obstacle is a challenge for me- my upper body strength is crappy (and I’ve been slacking on lifting).
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  6. Way to rock it Lynda! I’ve never done a mud run yet alone a Warrior Dash! I’m too much of a girly girl! 😉
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  7. OMG lady! You rocked it! I am terrified of the mud! Maybe I have been in healthcare to long but it scares the shit out of me. So no, I haven’t done a warrior dash but my hat off to you!!!!!
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  8. Fiona Fayker says:

    Never done one, but would love to once I start running again! Looks & sounds like you had a ball!!

  9. Wow, this race looks so fun! And it’s so nice that you could do it with your family!!
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