May 12, 2012
So about a week and a half before the race, I realized it was coming up ( I had looked through the previous race pictures online and thought I was way over my head and not rowdy enough) and tried to get out of it. You know, what was I thinking signing up for it in the first place. But of course the deadline to transfer registration is 2 weeks, and that had passed. So I made myself do it because otherwise it would have been a wasted ticket.
I had been running for a couple of months doing that couch to 5k, up until about a month ago. So yep, I hadn't been running for a month, and even before that I could only do a couple of miles. The Warrior Dash is a 5k - that's over 3 miles. Gulp.
So the week of the run, after knowing I couldn't get out of it, I thought I should train. I ran 2 times that week. I could run a mile without stopping, and I thought that was pretty good. I was just aiming not to be last at the Warrior Dash and I figured I could just go around any of the obstacles that looked too hard.
When we got there, everyone looked intense. Buff people. Lots of muscles, etc. I was out of my league!! I kept trying to spot someone I could beat so I wouldn't be last, but I couldn't pick anyone out that looked wimpier than me.
A couple of before and after shots:
So yeah, I did it. And who knew - it was actually fun!! When I did that triathlon I thought "never again" but right after running this I said "I would for sure do this again - it was fun!" which is an odd thing for non-athletic me to say. (Random fact - I was picked as Athlete of the Year in 6th grade - everyone was in shock - might have been a mistake...)
So here I am (in blue on the edge) heading under the start gate:
My regret is not doing it with more people I know (my brother was there too but again, he was much faster than me) because then I would have taken a disposable camera to catch action shots at all the obstacles along the course. We did get a few pictures at the last obstacles that can be seen by the crowd (my sis-in-law had my camera)
No one told me to pose for the fire - - all the guys (3 in our group) had fun fire jumping shots - see, here's Trevor:
Finished!! It took me a little under an hour. About 30 minutes longer than Trevor.
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