I've officially gone a little crazy in the running department! A friend of mine suckered me into a Challenge Run. It was a local 5k based on the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash races. I'm not really sure what convinced me. Maybe it was the cause. But I ran my first Challenge Run on October 2, 2011.
I got there a little bit earlier than Krystyn, so I went ahead and picked up my packet. On my way in, I noticed a map. That was when I started to panic.
Let's take a closer look, shall we?
I started to wonder what I'd gotten into. Especially when the starting line looks like this...
I realize it was advertised as a "5k run with 12 obstacles", but I kinda thought we'd RUN before we saw some of those challenges. Nope! Straight into the woods and over downed trees.
We crossed the brook around 8 times. It was anywhere from a trickle of water to an actual swim under a bridge. Ever try to swim through freezing water with sneakers on? Quite a wake-up call.
Right before the finish line there was one last army crawl through mud. We were quite the sight by the time we crossed the mat!
Here's Krystyn finishing strong:
The goal of my race was to finish...finish and have fun! Mission Accomplished! I've never had more fun running...ever!
So out of 140+ runners, I finished #44 overall. I was pretty happy with a 41:48 finish and love the fact that I was in the top 10 women finishers! I definitely see more challenge runs in my future!