Mud! What Mud?

Well, this past weekend was the weekend of crazy running for me and my friend Stephanie.  We started on Saturday by participating in the Annual Mud, Sweat and Cheers 5K to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  Thus, we rose at the crack of 7:00 to head to Wal-Mart to get supplies to make fun shirts, because planning ahead would have just been too difficult!  Anyway, with supplies in tow, we realize we 1-have no clue how to make shirts, and 2 – are running late… always excellent things to discover. Anyway, after having some arts and crafts time, we produced two shirts and two ribbons to wear!  We booked it downtown to prepare to run Cement Hill.  Once we arrive we walk into semi-organized chaos.

Well, the starting pistol sounds and we get going.  The course was not incredibly well marked… and by not incredibly well marked, I mean that a lot of people missed a loop and we were not really sure where we should be going.  Anyway, so once we got that figured out and were doing our happy little run uphill when we run into the first of 2.5 miles of vines.  These are the thin little vines that are super easy to trip you up… yes… and then we got to the portion that was single file for about 3/4 of a mile to a mile… For someone who has run several races, it was a bit frustrating that we couldn’t pass anyone and unfortunately several of the runners weren’t sticking to one side when we got to a clear area to pass, so we were kind of stuck in the position we started in.  Anyway, when all was said and done and the obstacles cleared, we made our way to the mud pit and dove right in.  After crawling through the mud we made our way to the finish line, crossed it and proceeded to find somewhere to clean ourselves off!

Overall, it was a fun race and I would do it again!

Stephanie and I before the race!
Pre-Race (aka, pre-mud!)

 

Emerging from the mud pit!

 

Done!  All nice and muddy!

Have a great day!
JCP

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