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Big Nasty Mud Run

Am I on a roll or what? Think I can keep the posts coming? I hope so. That’s the plan anyway. OK, OK, on to the real reason you’re here: the Mud Run recap.

But before I get to the race recap, I want to share a little story. On my long, slow runs, I often listen to podcasts. It helps pass the time an enjoy the information. One of my favorite podcasts is Runner Girls Podcast (click here to read the blog). These three ladies share their weekly training, race recaps, offer running information and runner recommends. They also will highlight a runner each episode from Daily Mile (that’s my profile, follow me). Well, a few weeks ago on of their episodes they asked for any listeners that would like to share a race recap on one of their listener shows. Having not run any big races, I didn’t think any of my recaps would be what they were intersted in, but when they announced they still needed a few more, I figured why not ask. I asked and they said yes.

That brings me to today’s race recap. Instead of writing it all out, I was a guest on their podcast, and now you can listen to my race recap. How cool is that!!!

So, without further adieu, click here to be taken to the podcast and enjoy. I start around 36 minutes in, but seriously you should listen to the whole podcast. It’s fantastic!

What did you think? Pretty cool, huh? I feel famous! 😉 But now that you’ve heard the recap, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you so you put pictures to the recap.

My friend, and partner for the race, Danielle and the cutest 8 year old I know. This is pre-race in case you can’t tell from the super clean outfits.


Hoping the first set of walls.

Yes, I know it looks like I’m walking across a balance but seriously, have you ever tried to walk through really think and gunky mud? It’s hard and you will slip and fall. Who knows, I was probably getting ready to slip as this was taken.
Mud is fun! Thumbs up for being dirty.
Because you know, posing in the middle of a muddy creek is what I do.
This slide was awesome!!! I can’t even begin to express how many times I wanted to do this.
The tall wall that scared me. It was really the going over the top part that did it.
Over, under, over, under. Not the best face, but I like to keep it real.
OK, so I may have exaggerated on the size of the tire a little, but no joke, this was one of the biggest tires (and one of the only ones left at that point) and the inside was full of water. And that smile? TJ must have caught me at the beginning of this obstacle because at the end, I was over the tire. LOL!
This was that rope ladder I tried describing as the ladders at carnivals. Was I close?
I had to climb up another rope ladder to roll across this net and slide down a fireman’s pole.
A low crawl through an extremely muddy path.
Because eating mud is hilarious!
The football field length pool of mud at the finish. When you’re tired and have already expended a lot of your energy, you start thinking you’ll never reach the end.
We made it!!!!
And what I mentioned very briefly in the podcast, a kids run. Dylan did the kid’s run that was held before the start of the first wave, and Jordyn did the run the second time, after our run was over. They both loved every second of it and wanted to do it again. They are so proud of themselves. That first picture is actually Danielle and I after Dylan earned his medal from the run.
What does a tired mom do when her 3 year old needs help completing her first race? Why, help her of course! And thank God for Danielle. She made it so much easier.
A very happy 3 year old with her new medal.

And one more because I couldn’t resist not sharing that face.

And since my furry little friends decided they needed to make a cameo on the podcast, I’ll let them make a cameo on the blog too.

This is Bailey. Our sweet, kid-tolerating girl (and the one who snorted making Sue think we also had a warthog as a pet). 🙂

And this is Scooter, the lovable boy who follows me everywhere.
Overall, we loved every second of it and plan on doing it again in September, except next time TJ is actually going to be my partner. I see a date night coming.
*If you’re ever looking to switch up your run by listening to a podcast, you really should check these ladies. They are great!
***And a HUGE thank you to ERS Savannah and Corey Brooks for a few of the pictures in this post (they have the source link under them).
Have you ever participated in a mud run? How did you like it?
events, family, life, Savannah

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!! I have to start by sending a HUGE thank you to all our troops, past, present and future. Without them, we wouldn’t have a reason to celebrate and continue to celebrate! So THANK YOU!
Hope you’re having a fabulous day, enjoying good friends, family, and fun.
Before I get into our Independence Day festivities, let’s rewind to yesterday. Yesterday morning, I got up with every intention of going for run. I laced up my shoes and headed out the door. I took my 5 minute warm-up and began my run, but very early into my foot began hurting. I knew if I kept going and put that kind of pressure on it, I would only make it worse. Instead, I decided to continue the workout but make it a walk. Hey, it’s better than nothing right. I walked 3 miles before heading home for breakfast and to get ready for work.
And I squeezed in a plank for the #plankaday challenge.
Work was pretty uneventful. But once I got home, TJ and I decided to head to Hunter Army Airfield for some fireworks.
We arrived to Hunter just in time for the fireworks to start (after having to go back home because we forgot our car registration. I sure do miss the days of flashing my military ID and being on my way. lol). The fireworks were good but they were short. The grand finale was tiny too. When it was over, we started getting in the car, and the real grand finale began. Me and TJ called it a Parris Island grand finale. Two years ago, PI did the same type of thing and we watched their real grand finale while waiting in traffic to get off the island. LOL!
Now, let’s come back to this morning. Today, we were supposed to head to the beach. Unfortunately we had a few things come up, so we had to cancel that but we’re going to make the best of it. Once everything we need to get done gets taken care of, we’re going to relax at the house today, Dylan and I are going to make some Muesli chocolate chip cookies and we’re going to grill out for dinner. We will of course be thanking TJ for everything he did in the Marine Corp too. Can’t forget our troops. And later tonight we’re heading downtown to see more fireworks. We can’t get enough. LOL!
What are your plans for today? Anything fun, or is it more of a day of relaxing?


5K, C25K, events, running, Savannah, yoga

I Am Registered……

….for my first 5K!!! I am SO excited. It’s the 2012 Enmark Savannah Bridge Run. It’s a 5K that starts on Hutchinson Island, goes across the Talmedge Bridge (the bridge below) and ends in downtown Savannah by the Civic Center. The bridge is 1.4 mile span, has a 5.5% grade and is 196 feet above the Savannah River (facts straight from the race website).  
The race isn’t until December 1st, exactly 6 months form tonight, so I hope to run at least one if not two before then but this is the first race I have actually registered for. I’m excited but a little nervous at the same time. That’s probably due to the fact that I’m still not done with the C25K program but I’ll get there. The rain just needs to stop. LOL!
On another note, I completed my first yoga session for the June Yoga Challenge I talked about earlier that is being put on by the fabulous Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. Boy, do I have some work to do. I’m so glad I did it and I feel great that I did it, but I’m not good at it. LOL! I used to be better at Yoga but I seemed to have lost what little bit of skill I had. The only thing I can do is keep going with and fingers crossed by the end of the month, I will be much better.
Your turn: What kind of race was your first race? What kind of training did you do for your first race? How about Yoga? Is it something you enjoy? Do you struggle like me or are you a pro and have some tips for me? LOL!
events, Savannah, weightloss progress

Busy Week

The last two weeks have flown by and this weekend is just as packed. Well tomorrow at least.

A quick update on my weight loss progress. I have been working out at least 3 days a week and eating a lot better, So far, I have lost 9 pounds! 36 more to go! I am no down to 141. I weigh in again on Sunday, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I don’t expect it to move much though. Curiosity got the better of me mid-week, so I stepped on the scale at the gym, so that loss is already included in the 9 pounds.

*For those you unaware, I know that 141 isn’t terribly high but I stand tall at measly 4’10” so thats WAY too high for a person of that size. I am working hard to attain the proper weight for my height.

Tommorow, TJ is participating in SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival. With 852 squares of chalk art, it’s quite fascinating to see. The participants make up current students, alumni, and prospective students. You walk the sidewalks of the park and on either side of you there are fantastic drawings on the ground all done with chalk. The participants have a chance to win a number of prizes with the top prize being a $1,000. It’s an all day free event with tons of stuff to do for the kids. Check out some of the artwork last year!

I just thought this one was funny!
Gross? Yes! Funny? Yes! Fantastic artwork that doesn’t even look like chalk? DEFINITELY!

Part of a group team!

 Just cute!

Love this!
So girly and cute
I know, that’s a ton of pictures, but there are so many great ones, I had a hard time narrowing it to just a few. Beware for the next post about how tomorrow goes. Since TJ is participating there will be even more pictures showing off how proud I am. LOL!
We also have family coming in to town to support TJ. He’s pretty humble about it all and is trying to act like it’s no big deal but I know he’s excited. Bring on the family, sun, chalk and fun!