Training Day 5. May 5th 2012. Warrior Dash

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Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you had a blessed weekend.

 

My Albuquerque weekend was a lot of fun, it was good to catch up with old friends and to compete in the warrior dash with some new ones.

For those of you who have never done a Warrior Dash, I highly recommend looking into it! Its so much fun, 3 miles of obstacle courses, topped off with mud, bands, entertainment and beer.

What else could you ask for?!

Next race on my bucket list is a “Tough Mudder Race”.

So there we are, 6 girls with matching t shirts, designed by yours truly, clean bodies, and excited spirits. We drive out to the location which is approx 25 miles east of Albuquerque in Edgewood.

We are stuck in traffic for a good 2 hours.

I guess that’s what happens when you have one entrance and 70,000 people trying to get to the same place. Next step is to check in, we pick up our packets, pin our numbers to our bodies and wait in anticipation for 12:30 to roll around.

Not really knowing what to except, we watch as people walk by covered from head to toe in a dirty mess! Yes! I cant wait!

Then we hear the announcer tell us to start lining up, hundreds of people begin to flock over to the start line.

We see people dressed in tu tus, and superman underwear, striped wheres waldo shirts, little matching elves, and vikings! And all of them are about to get covered in mud! Who’s idea was this anyways?!!

The horn blows at exactly 12:30 and we are off!

Everyone is frantically running, trying not to get trampled, we all run our little tails off to the top of the hill, around the corner, where we face our first obstacle, “Barricade Breakdown”, literally hurdling over barricades and then military crawl under the barbwire.

First mission completed, 12 more to go!

Next up the “Teetering Travers”, level your nerves as your teeter your way across several 4 inch beems, just be careful not to fall off! 2 down.

Up next is, “Cliffhanger”, literally pull your body up a 20 foot wall and slide down the other side. 2 down.

Oh now what do we have here?! The “Chaotic Crossover”, which is basically a net suspended several feet above the ground. 4 down.

Next stop, “Deadmans Drop”; using the rope you have to pull yourself to the top and then slide on your bum down the other side! Now this is getting really fun! 5 down.

“Storming Normandy” is up next, least favorite part of the race, military crawl on rocks! Yuck! Ouch! My poor knees! 6 down.

“Great Warrior Wall, more ropes, more repelling 7 down.

“Tispy Tightrope”, walk along a tightrope without falling into the muddy mess below. 8 down.

“The Trenches”, more military crawls! More knee pain! 9 down.

“Arachnophobia”, thread your way through a tangled rope mess. 10 down.

“Cargo Climb” 30 foot wall of cargo nets to climb up and then climb down. 11 down.

And then we see the finish line with all the people standing around to watch you climb, roll, walk, crawl your way through the last two obstacle “Warrior Roast” and “Muddy Mayem”.

Simply jump over two burning fires then military crawl AGAIN under barbwire, AGAIN, but this time you aren’t crawling in dirt, or no, its 3 feet of thick nasty mud!!

 

Needless to say no one ends the race with a clean face. So there you have it! That is in summary the Warrior Dash! It was alot of fun and is designed for people of all fitness levels.

 

If you have never competed in a race, look into ones in your area! There are all kinds of races that are designed to be fun, and takes the dread out of just running a boring old race.

The excitement on race day cant be matched, so grab a buddy and start training!!

 

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?” – Peter Maher

 

-With Love

Crista

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