On Septemer 21st, I participated in the MS Muckfest! It was a 5 mile muddy obstacle course run benefiting the Colorado and Wyoming MS Society Chapter. And I’m happy to say, we met our goal and raised over a $1000!
My dad, my lifelong friend, Shondia, and I participated in the run together. My sister, Ariel, was supposed to run with us, but was under the weather, unfortunately.
This was my very first time doing anything like this. I have never run a 5k, let alone a mud-run! I was quite nervous waiting at the starting line. It felt like all the butterflies in my stomach had leaked out into my muscles, making them all loosey-goosey. I guess that’s better than tensing up!
We started off the race with a bang, getting hosed down, and showered upon. Then we immediately came up to three dirt hills with water in the valleys, that got progressively higher and deeper. The second hill was so steep on the way down, there was nothing to do but sit on your butt and slide down. I was getting baptized with mud, it was now or never!
Then climbing my way out of that one (after I made sure the gal in front of me was securely up) I started running and realized I was carrying about an extra ten pounds! Yippee!
There were about twenty obstacles on the course, including giant bouncy balls suspended from a bar that we had to push our way through, a fireman’s pole, a few nets we had to climb up and over, several mud pits we had to crawl through and at least 2 miles of winding steep deer trails. At one point we had to grab onto a rope because the incline was so steep (and our shoes were particularly slippery.) There was also a climbing wall over a large pit of mud, a spinning rope swing, and a couple of platforms where we had to jump into a 6 foot deep pit of muddy water. I watched Shondia, who is five foot two, go completely under on the first one!
All in all it was really a great time, and we felt especially accomplished when we finished. 🙂 Overall, we finished 189th out of 1,210 people and 69th out of 653 women. Not too bad, I say!
The muddy hills. I’m in the pink- right next to the guy in the red shirt and bandana. The girl in front of me kept on slipping down. When it was my turn, I sunk my fingers as far as I could into the dirt to get a good grip. It worked, but I think I still have dirt under my nails.
At the finish! I thought we were actually going to be somewhat “clean” after jumping off a swing into some not so muddy water, but then we had to crawl through some more tunnels, and this mud was particularly well… muddy.
Even though there were a few times during the race where I was thinking I was crazy to have done something like this, I definitely want to do it again next year! With a bigger group. It was way too much fun! Seriously.