The Irvine Lake Mud Run was a freakin’ blast! I am so glad Irish Car Bombs + great friends caused me to sign up.
Woke up at 6am… okay, it was 6:30ish. I couldn’t sleep the night before. I was anticipating the event. Kind of scared. Would I be able to do the course. Then I thought about freezing cold muddy water. Wondered if I would lose a shoe. Important stuff like that.
Got up all groggy, had some black molasses coffee. Okay, maybe it wasn’t black molasses, but I needed it like that! Had some coffee and a bowl of Oatmeal (missing the cottage cheese – I am out). I didn’t want to eat anything heavy. I didn’t want to get sick on the course or anything. Threw on my outfit. Got my towel and stuff together. And we were out the door. Stopped at the bank. Got some breakfast for Mac and the girlie. And off we went.
When we arrived at the Mud Run, we met up with our friends Kathy and Rich. Checked in. Froze our asses off. Then decided to buy some cool checkered compression socks to stay warm. Kath bought pink. I bought orange. Then we proceeded to switch one sock. And met up with some more friends to run a great race.
Here is my Irvine Lake Mud Run album on Facebook.
We downed a beer. Hit up a few vendors. Ate a couple LiveWire Energy Chews (love these things. Like adult Starbursts). The girlie stocked up on some PopChips (the new Jalapeño flavor is yummy). Then we made our way to the start line.
I was totally nervous. Kathy was way more nervous than me. Rich just wanted to go a long time ago.
About 9:15ish our race started. I’m glad we started early in the day, as our wave was small. Hit our first mud pit and I made my first splash right off the start! As a newbie, I didn’t realize that the ground went from low, low, to deep. Splosh!
Thru some tires. Over some logs. Up a great big freakin’ hill. Then they had an awesome water slide that was apparently new on the course. But the line was so long. We started to freeze waiting for it (as the sun didn’t want to grace us with its presence). So, we went around.
Did I tell you I love some of the costumes the teams were sporting? Tutus. Grass skirts. Wonder women.
As the course went on there were more muddy big hills, mud pits where you had to bear crawl to get thru, wood slat hills (those sucked bcuz it was very slippery and your shoes don’t fit inbetween the slats for leverage), wood hurdles, and lots of mud. It was pretty fun acting like a kid. Then it was the shoe sucker… About 99% of the peeps found there way around it and just scale the edges of it. First off, that was lake mud and it stunk. Second, it was very long, Third, I don’t know how anyone would make it through that. In fact, we had to help one guy out of it – he was over knee deep in it – and stuck.
Us women pranced over many of the untouched footprint surfaces (far and few in between). It allowed us to stay on the surface without getting too sucked in. Not to mention that it was super slippery.
Then it was lots of muddy water paths. I felt like I was in a different country. Surrounded by high mountains, cloudy skies, while I was trudging thru these water paths. Then there were more slippery muddy slopes. I was sliding down them at the same time trying not to scrape my bum on any rocks.
Towards the finish line – Lots of hills, mud pits, a human ‘car’ wash (lots of bubbles – that was fun), more mud pits, bear crawl under the flags, thru a tunnel, another mud pit and across the finish line.
I almost didn’t see the camera guy in the middle of the finish line. We almost collided.
Finish the race with good music, friends, beer, and a delicious bean and cheese burrito.
The race was definitely fun. And I plan on doing another one (this summer). The end.
This week’s workout I will be modeling Laura Baily’s Muscle Building Program via BodyBuilding.com. If you get a chance, watch her opening video. Her intro fits with my way of thinking.
Sunday: Day off
Do you prefer to ab lib your workouts to fit with your day or do you need to adhere strictly to the program?