During the first part of the course, I was more conservative in the way I approached the muddy obstacles, but by the end, I was diving in head first, attempting to get as muddy as possible. One of the obstacles towards the end was actually in Joe Pool Lake. They had low nets set up and you had to crawl under the net, through the lake water and mud. The water in the lake was warmer than the cool air, so I almost didn't want to get out. As I emerged on the other side of the nets, the camera man gave me a thumbs up and said, "classy," with surely a hint of sarcasm. I was a little worried about what he saw through that lens. I guess we will see when the professional pictures are published. The lake water washed away a lot of the mud that I had accumulated to that point, but we had one final trek through a mud pit before crossing the finish line.
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun, or got so dirty! We donated our old muddy shoes, they clean them up and give them to the needy, and dried off after we picked up our belongings from gear check. We just might have been the very first people in the beer tent to redeem our free drink coupon. Beer at 9 am on a Saturday? Sure, why not? After playing like a kid, we can at least relax like an adult with our one free drink. My trusty skirt pocket kept my drink ticket dry and safe, even though I was submerged in water and mud several times. The Element V Lotus Skirt by Bluefish Sport is described as a tennis skirt on the PB Athletic Wear website . I suppose you could do something boring like play tennis in it, but it really was the perfect mud run skirt/skort. The light weight, quick drying, stretchy, fabric provided the perfect amount of coverage, breath-ability, and comfort. I never once was constricted, weighed down, or over-exposed (those built in spandex shorts were key).
TEN TIPS TO PLAY DIRTY AT YOUR NEXT MUD RUN:
1. Avoid wearing cotton at all costs. Cotton absorbs water and mud. You will get weighed down quickly. Try to find technical gear that wicks moisture. It will help you stay dry(er) and light.
2. Avoid loose fitting clothing. As a matter of fact, wear as little clothing as possible. Even though it was cold, I was grateful that I was wearing my skirt/shorts. My friend wore long pants and she said they got heavy towards the end of the course.
3. Have fun! Don't take it too seriously. Be prepared to get dirty!
4. Invite lots of friends! The more the merrier it seems. There were so many large groups of girls in costumes that looked like they were having a blast!
5. Leave the cell phone, GPS, iPod or anything else you still want to own tomorrow at home. You will be submerged in water and mud several times. Although I can almost guarantee that you will survive the course, your iPhone won't.
6. Buy a waterproof disposable camera for pictures, be prepared for your pictures to come back looking like they were taken in the 70's.
7. Bring a towel, a dry set of clothes, bra, underwear and shoes for after the run.
8. Bring trash bags to cover your car seats for the drive home, just in case.
9. Wear old shoes, and if you are feeling generous, donate them to the charity. They will clean them up and give them to the needy.
10. Enjoy your free adult beverage, but please be responsible and safe, please don't drink and drive.
Sounds like fun, right? Check out this link and see if a Go Dirty Girl Mud Run is coming to your city!
Have you ever done a mud run? Any tips for my readers that I haven't covered? When is your next race?
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