This past weekend was a fun, and muddy, one! A group of awesome girlfriends formed a team and we called ourselves Mud, Sweat, and Beers!
We dressed alike, we ran, we climbed over obstacles, we climbed under them, we crawled through mud, we hiked the hilly course in PA, we supported one another, we laughed, and we all stuck together like a true team!
The Dirty Girl Mud Run in Schnecksville, PA started in 15 minute heats this past Saturday and went all morning until about 2:00 PM. Our team signed up for the 8:45 AM heat. It was a good time because it was not too crowded at the registration or the starting line, and once we got out on the course, we had no wait time or back up at the obstacles… which was something I read was a problem, so glad we avoided that!
Once we got checked in and our bibs and T-shirt, we got a few quick pictures and headed over to the start line.
We ordered team tank tops off of an Etsy site called DiamondGirlFashion (are’t they awesome!?). The T-shirts you get for the race were nothing to write home about, which for the price, was a little disappointing.
We all did a few stretches and “dropped it like a squat” at the starting line and then were off into the fields for the 5k obstacle run.
There were about 10-12 obstacles including a couple walls to climb over, a few muddy pits to walk through and some you had to crawl through, a bouncy thing that didn’t have any mud (which was odd?), some ropes to climb up…. unfortunately, spectators really could not see the course so I don’t have any photos of the obstacles.
While I did not think the obstacles were all that difficult, I think they were great for a team to do together and just hard enough that the majority of participants could get through them, with a little help form their friends if need be.
The race was not timed, so we all stuck together and walked up the really hilly parts with heavy muddy sneakers!
The final few hundred yards we got to run past the cheering crowd and finish the race with one final muddy pit!
High fives at the finish line then off for a photo op!
After we were freshened up, at least as much as we could be, we all met back at the beer tent!
I think everyone had a great time and I would definitely recommend doing the Dirty Girl Mud Run with a team of your favorite, fabulous girlfriends! A few things to keep in mind if you do ever do a mud run:
1. Register for an earlier heat to avoid long lines at registration and the rinse station, obstacle back ups, beat the heat, and to get a parking spot that is not a half a mile away.
2. Your shoes will get nasty so just donate them when you are done! And bring flip flops to change into!
3. You also may want to wear higher socks – as my socks started to fall down and the mud and grit brushed against the back of my ankle during the run and I have a little cut from it.
4. The race is pricey but it is for charity and is a fun event.
5. You don’t really need to do any crazy training, but should have a basic fitness level to complete this run. You can go at your own pace, it is not timed.
6. Sign up with a friend or team and stick together! There were a couple obstacles where no one was there except our teammates, just better to be safe and have someone around you just in case you get hurt. And it is just more fun with friends!
7. Keep your eyes peeled for teenagers who did the race and are not going to use their beer ticket on their bib. We scored a few free beers this way… and just by standing by the beer tent!
8. Drink water before you run. There are some water stations on the course, but since you are doing obstacles and may be waiting for teammates or to get through obstacles, the run will take longer than a typical 5k. It took us a little over an hour.
9. While I did not do this and it would have been a little tough at some spots, you could totally bring your iphone or camera in a ziplock bag and take pictures along the way.
10. Have fun, get muddy, and enjoy the course!
*Photo credit: Kev-cat
Do any fun runs this weekend??
Ever do a mud run and would you do it again?